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Police clash with Kurds in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — Witnesses say Kurdish protesters are clashing with police near a prison in southeastern Turkey where some inmates are on a hunger strike.

Several thousand people joined a protest march on Tuesday to a prison in the city of Diyarbakir, and police used water cannon to drive back groups of stone-throwing demonstrators in side streets.

Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners in dozens of Turkish jails are on a hunger strike to demand increased rights for Kurds and improved jail conditions for Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Most of the prisoners are jailed for alleged links to the rebels, who are deemed terrorists by Turkey and its Western allies.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says rebels are orchestrating the hunger strike and that the government will not bow to blackmail.

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