Kurdish protesters have clashed with police in eastern Turkey as members of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), the main Kurdish party, met to discuss their next
move after being banned by the country's constitutional court.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from
Diyarbakir, said: "The streets have become
a battleground where people are still waiting on a decision from the DTP on whether they will formally resign from parliament."
The constitutional court banned the DTP on Friday, saying it had links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the government has listed as a "terrorist group".
The party will formally cease to exist when the court ruling is published in the official gazette.
"I think the fight of PKK is not anymore on the mountains but it will be in the cities, the big cities, in particular in Istanbul, probably Izmir, in Ankara, in Mersin."
Ahmet Turk, the chairman of the DTP, called on all Turkish parties to reconsider the ban which forces the Kurds out of the political sphere.
|Stones were thrown at Turkish riot police in the eastern city of Diyarbakir [Reuters]|
"We will overcome these problems as long as our nation is united and in solidarity," he told reporters when asked about the government's attempts to resolve the Kurdish question.
The DTP is the 27th political party to be shut down in Turkey since 1968.