Tens of thousands of Kurds turned several Turkish cities into flames in order to protest the Ankara government’s reluctance to save their kinship in Kobani, a northern Syrian city bordering Turkey and beseiged by Islamic radicals.

The Turkish government declared curfew on Tuesday in six cities and 22 towns in the country’s overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, where more than 3,000 shops and businesses, 263 public buildings, 190 banks branches 80 party buildings and over 500 vehicles had been destroyed in two-day-long protests and clashes. More than 20 people were killed and hundreds injured — including nearly 200 policemen.

Some newspapers and bloggers likened the uprisings to a “civil war.” Kurds demand that the Turkish government take military action to protect Kobani from potential atrocities from the Islamic State group. […]