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Turkey removes elected Kurdish mayors

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>> Police firing water cannon at demonstrators in the Turkish city of Diyarbakır. The disturbances coming after the removal of 24 elected mayors in Kurdish-run municipalities. The government fearing they were linked to militant groups. The offices targeted had been run by Turkey's pro-Kurdish party, the third largest in the country's parliament.
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They decried the move as an administrative coup. On top of its Kurdish crackdown Ankara has been purging alleged supporters of US based cleric Fethulla Gulen. He's been blamed for orchestrating a coup attempt in July but denies the accusations. More than 100,000 officials have been sacked or suspended since the failed coup.
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Raising eyebrows in the West, where it's feared President Tayyip Erdogan is using the coup attempt as a pretext to curtail all dissent.