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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Twenty-two young men accused of being involved with a Kurdish gang in Nashville will be restricted from associating with each other, at least temporarily.

Metro attorneys want the men declared a public nuisance. If that happens, they could be permanently barred from being together in public within a 1.4-square-mile area south of downtown, where police said the Kurdish Pride gang operates.

It is the first time in Tennessee that a city has used public nuisance laws to combat gang violence.

At a hearing on Friday, most of the men said they needed time to find attorneys. The judge reset the hearings for August 3. In the meantime, the men will have to abide by the restrictions.

Several of the men said they are no longer gang members.

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