Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey

12th Mar 2014
Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey

Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Several demonstrations were staged in 32 provinces across Turkey to protest against the death of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old teenager who died earlier March 11 after spending 269 days in coma after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister during last June’s Gezi Park protests.
Police resorted to tear gas and water cannon against protesters who started gathering in central Ankara.

Police also cracked down on a demonstration on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue after refusing protesters’ demand to read a statement in Taksim Square.

According to daily Hürriyet, hundreds of protesters were detained in the demonstrations overnight, including 97 in Istanbul, 51 in Ankara, around 100 in İzmir, 36 in Bursa and 21 in Mersin.



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