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Protesters run away from tear gas during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

Protesters run away from tear gas during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

Riot police take up positions as they clash with protesters in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. Reuters

Riot police take up positions as they clash with protesters in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. Reuters

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani after a war plane carried out an air strike, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Reuters

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani after a war plane carried out an air strike, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Reuters

In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town of Kobani, Syria, where fighting had been intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. AP Photo

In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town of Kobani, Syria, where fighting had been intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. AP Photo

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border.  AP Photo

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. AP Photo

Protesters run away as an armoured army vehicle sprays water to disperse them during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

Protesters run away as an armoured army vehicle sprays water to disperse them during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

A protester throws stones at an armoured army vehicle during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

A protester throws stones at an armoured army vehicle during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

A Kurdish party flag is seen on a pole on a hilltop on the western side of Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border.  AP Photo

A Kurdish party flag is seen on a pole on a hilltop on the western side of Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. AP Photo

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Reuters

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Reuters

An Islamic State fighter walks near a black flag belonging to the Islamic State as a Turkish army vehicle takes position near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Reuters

An Islamic State fighter walks near a black flag belonging to the Islamic State as a Turkish army vehicle takes position near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Reuters

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Protesters run away from tear gas during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with people of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province. Reuters

A man died and dozens of people were wounded in demonstrations across Turkey yesterday, with Kurds demanding the government should do more to protect the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from Isil militants.

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who burnt cars and tyres as they took to the streets, mainly in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish eastern and southeastern provinces - although clashes erupted in the nation's biggest city, Istanbul, and the capital Ankara as well.

A 25-year-old man died in Varto, a town in the eastern province of Mus, and six others were wounded in clashes between the riot police and demonstrators, local media reported. Curfews were imposed in districts of the border province Mardin and the eastern province of Van, after intense protests.

Yesterday, Kurdish politicians angrily criticised Turkey for its inaction.

But Ankara rejected the criticism.

"It is a massive lie that Turkey is doing nothing on Kobani," Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said on Twitter.

"Turkey is doing whatever can be done in humanitarian aspects."

He accused Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of adopting an "irresponsible way of conducting politics" and called the protests "a big injustice to Turkey's well-meant efforts".

The Kurdish party had issued a statement saying: "The situation in Kobani is extremely critical. We call on our people to go out into the streets, or support those that have gone onto the streets, to protest the Isil attacks and the ... stance of the AKP government against Kobani."

The fight in Kobani against Islamist militants has become a rallying point for Turkey's Kurdish community. They see Ankara as partly responsible for Islamic State gaining power.

The increased possibility of Kobani's fall has also triggered protests in European cities such as Brussels and Geneva, with hundreds holding PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) flags on the streets.

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