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One killed as security forces disperse Turkey protesters

One person was killed in Turkey on Friday as security forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of people protesting the expansion of an army outpost.

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A protestor waves the Turkish flag from a roof top at Taksim square on June 3, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests began initially over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the last significant green spaces in the center of the city. (URIEL SINAI/AFP/Getty Images)

One person was killed in Turkey on Friday as security forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of people protesting the expansion of an army outpost.

At least nine other people were also injured, two of them seriously, when the army opened fire after the crowd of about 300 torched construction tents and marched on the construction site, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces.

The Kayacik village incident was the most violent in the region since a ceasefire was declared by Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan in March, which put an end to the conflict between his Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish state.

The clashes between the two groups lasted nearly three decades and left 45,000 people dead. The PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist organization, is still withdrawing its fighters into northern Iraq.

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"All those demonstrators were unarmed villagers," said Gulten Kisanak, a pro-Kurdish lawmaker, condemning Friday's violence. "It is a clear murder, a massacre attempt, a heinous provocation to open fire on villagers."

Hundreds marched in two central areas of Istanbul to protest the violence in Kayacik village.

Turkey's main Kurdish party earlier called for marches in three major cities this weekend to launch another series of protests that would put pressure on Ankara for reforms under the PKK peace process. Leaders said the demonstrations would be peaceful.

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