Investigation launched into Turkey flag incident

DIYARBAKIR – The public prosecutor’s office in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province announced on Monday that it launched an investigation to determine the identity of the masked person who pulled down a Turkish flag at an air force command on Sunday.

A masked protester took down the Turkish flag from inside a military compound during protests following the deaths of two men during clashes with police in Lice district.

"A masked person emerging from a group of protesters - mostly children and women - scaled the outer gate of the Second Air Force Command in Diyarbakir and pulled down the flag despite two warning shots," said a statement from Turkish General Staff on Monday.

The investigation has been launched to determine the identity of the masked protester who pulled down the flag, the prosecutor’s office said.

Turkey's southeastern region has recently been tense after two protesters were killed during an illegal protest against the construction of a military outpost in the southeastern Lice district of Diyarbakir on Saturday.

The two men died after security forces intervened in the demonstration held by a pro-Kurdish group who attempted to block the road between Diyarbakir and Bingol provinces, hurling hand-made grenades and stones at security forces aiming at fuelling further protests amongst the Kurdish people.

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