Thousands of Kurds were out in the Şişli area of Istanbul earlier today protesting the Turkish Supreme Election Board’s decision to strip independent candidate Hatip Dicle of his win in the 12 June elections. Police violently dispersed the crowds using tear gas and pepper spray.
The group, including the Deputies Sebahat Tuncel, Ertuğrul Kürkçü, Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Levent Tüzel, gathered around Şişli Mosque and planned to march in Taksim Square but were blocked by anti-riot forces.
Istanbul MPs Sebahat Tuncel and Sırrı Süreyya Önder were taken to hospital suffering from respiratory difficulties. Some protestors took shelter in local stores.
Ten people were wounded and 23 were taken into custody.
Afterwards, police followed some demonstrators into the majority Kurdish Tarlabasi neighbourhood. Squads were posted at the top of streets leading into neighbourhood, along Tarlabasi Boulevard.
Below are some videos from the protests:
More photos can be seen at Nûkurd website here.