Turkish residents scuffle at Tokyo embassy

posted on October 25, 2015

Fights have broken out among Turkish residents in Tokyo as they waited at the Turkish Embassy to cast their votes for a general election November 1st.
At least 12 people have been injured.

Tokyo police say the first scuffle broke out at around 7 AM on Sunday while people were lining up in front of the embassy for advance voting scheduled to start at 9 AM.

Sporadic fighting continued. Some people were seen exchanging blows at around 11 AM. By then, about 600 people had gathered at the embassy. The authorities restricted traffic in the area and deployed riot squads.

The police say Kurdish and Turkish groups clashed over a flag flying near the embassy, but the details have yet to be clarified.

2 police officers are among the injured. They and 7 others were taken to a hospital.

source by NHK world
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