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Saturday, 12 March 2016 05:53

Police clash with protesters in Istanbul

Police clash with protesters in Istanbul
Police in Turkey fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration held Friday in remembrance of a teenager whose death two years ago gave rise to anti-government protests across the country.

According to Press TV, clashes were reported from the city of Istanbul where angry protesters throw rocks and petrol bombs at security forces.

The demonstration came on the second death anniversary of Berkin Elvan, who died at an Istanbul hospital in 2014 at the age of 15. The teenager is honored by the Turks as the symbol of heavy-handed tactics used by police to reign in massive demonstrations at the time against the then Prime Minister and current President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Friday protest was held in Okmeydani, the Istanbul district where Elvan came from. Hundreds of people also gathered with Elvan's family at the cemetery where he was buried to demand the truth behind his death.

Elvan was hospitalized after being hit by a tear gas canister fired by police during a protest against Erdogan in June 2013. His death, which came after 269 days in a coma, prompted hundreds of thousands to take to the streets in various cities to protest against Erdogan.

ME

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