Tension erupted during a protest on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border near Mardin’s Nusaybin district organized by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on Oct. 20 to denounce the Turkey’s decision to build a wall along the boundary line.
Several hundreds, including BDP’s Mardin MP Erol Dora and other local party officials, gathered in Nusaybin to walk to the border, which lies only a few kilometers from the town center. Police however did not allow the demonstration, resorting to use a water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters as they approached the border.
Around 1,000 Syrian Kurds, who simultaneously gathered at Qamishli, right across from Nusaybin to walk to the Syrian side of the border, protested against the intervention of the Turkish police.
Two weeks ago, the Turkish military started to build a wall alongside the Nusaybin district to prevent illegal crossings and smugglers.
Turkey had also previously announced the construction of a 2.5-kilometer-long wall along the Cilvegözü border gate with Syria to prevent rampant smuggling activities.