Violence has erupted in a number of Turkish cities, as Kurds protest over Turkey's reluctance to assist Peshmerga fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, which is under attack from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants, the Euro News website reports today (October 8, 2014).
The clashes left 18 people dead across Turkey as riot police used water canon and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Kurdish anger is directed at Turkish government inaction against the threat from ISIS; the banned Kurdistan People's Party has called for further disruption. Turkey has refused to become a team player with a coalition of nations headed by the United States that have been waging war against ISIS during the past several weeks.
Turkish authorities have accused the Kurdish protesters of "betraying their country" and have said they will meet "violence with violence."