Clash erupts after rally held by pro-Kurdish HDP in western Turkey

BALIKESIR: Tight security measures have been taken by the security forces when a clash broke out following a rally held by pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas in the western province of Balikesir on Monday.

After Demirtas and his delegation left rally area and people began to leave the area, a large group, reportedly ultra nationalist people, entered the area by shouting unfavorable slogans. Riot police closed a road to prevent a clash between the two groups with opposing views and fired tear gas to disperse people. A large crowd formed in the area and more police units were dispatched to the scene.

The tension has not completely ended in the area. Police continue to maintain security to prevent a possible fight.