ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's state news agency says Kurdish protesters have clashed with security forces over the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter. One person was killed, the report said.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said the violence erupted Tuesday in the southeastern town of Lice, where the statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, a Kurdistan Workers' Party fighter, was in a cemetery. The group is considered a terrorist organization.
Kurdish protesters threw rocks and fireworks at troops who came to remove the statue after a court ordered it dismantled as "terrorist propaganda." Anadolu said security forces responded with tear gas.
The report said a 24 year-old man, injured by gunfire, later died in the hospital. The agency said the man died when some protesters opened fire on the security forces.