Turkey: Activists clash with police over abandoned body of Kurdish fighter Aziz Guler

Minor clashes broke out in front of Istanbul's Caglayan Justice Palace, Friday, after police forcibly removed a group of activists protesting against the Turkish government's decision to block the return of a Kurdish fighter's body from Syria. Aziz Guler was killed in September whilst fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces in Rojava, Syria. The police used riot shields to push the protesters back and minor clashes broke out as the group tried to resist. Guler was the Rojava commander of the United Freedom Forces (BOG) that was fighting IS militants alongside Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the largely Kurdish regions of northern Syria. He died in Rojava on 21 September 2015 after stepping on a land mine. Guler's family have been waiting for nearly two months to bury his body in Istanbul.

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