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Turkish police break up anti-ISIS march in Ankara

Turkish police use water cannon to disperse an anti-ISIS demonstration in Ankara

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Turkish police on Saturday used water cannon to disperse a demonstration in Ankara condemning violence by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, making several arrests, an AFP reporter said.

Hundreds of people turned out in Ankara to condemn Monday's suicide bombing blamed on ISIS that left 32 dead on Syrian border, as well as denouncing the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But the police, who well outnumbered the demonstrators, intervened with water cannon and pepper spray to disperse the demonstration.

   AA12 - Ankara, Ankara, TURKEY : Turkish police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest condemning a suicide bombing, that killed 32 activists on July 20 in the Turkish border town of Suruc, on July 25, 2015 in Ankara. Turkey's military on July 25 carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror. The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations. Violence in Turkey erupted after the killing of 32 people in a suicide bombing on July 20 in the Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border carried out by a 20-year old Turkish man linked to IS. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
AA12 - Ankara, Ankara, TURKEY : Turkish police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest condemning a suicide bombing, that killed 32 activists on July 20 in the Turkish border town of Suruc, on July 25, 2015 in Ankara. Turkey's military on July 25 carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror. The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations. Violence in Turkey erupted after the killing of 32 people in a suicide bombing on July 20 in the Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border carried out by a 20-year old Turkish man linked to IS. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkish media reports said that over 30 people were arrested.

Even as it bombs ISIS targets in Syria, Turkey has in recent days shown little tolerance for demonstrations against the jihadists' campaign of violence.

The protesters have also angrily denounced the Turkish government, whom they accuse of allowing ISIS jihadists inside Turkish territory.

   AA15 - Ankara, Ankara, TURKEY : Demonstrators are detained by Turkish police officers during a protest condemning a suicide bombing, that killed 32 activists on July 20 in the Turkish border town of Suruc, on July 25, 2015 in Ankara. Turkey's military on July 25 carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror. The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations. Violence in Turkey erupted after the killing of 32 people in a suicide bombing on July 20 in the Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border carried out by a 20-year old Turkish man linked to IS. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
AA15 - Ankara, Ankara, TURKEY : Demonstrators are detained by Turkish police officers during a protest condemning a suicide bombing, that killed 32 activists on July 20 in the Turkish border town of Suruc, on July 25, 2015 in Ankara. Turkey's military on July 25 carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror. The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations. Violence in Turkey erupted after the killing of 32 people in a suicide bombing on July 20 in the Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border carried out by a 20-year old Turkish man linked to IS. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The Istanbul authorities on Saturday banned a planned anti-jihadist "peace march" scheduled to take place in the Turkish metropolis this Sunday, citing security and traffic congestion.

Meanwhile police in the Istanbul district of Gazi also used water cannon to disperse a procession remembering Gunay Ozaslan, a leftist activist who was killed on Friday during early morning police raids, the Dogan news agency said.