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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Teen's funeral sparks riots in Turkey

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

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Police used water cannon and tear gas on protesters. ULAS YUNUS TOSUN/EPA
Fireworks thrown by anti-government protesters explode behind riot policemen near central Taksim square in Istanbul
Fireworks thrown by anti-government protesters explode behind riot policemen near central Taksim square in Istanbul
An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures behind a barricade that they set on fire during a demonstration in Ankara
An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures behind a barricade that they set on fire during a demonstration in Ankara

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Istanbul for the funeral of a teenager whose death from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests sparked violent demonstrations across Turkey.

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Police fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-hurling protesters in several cities following the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan on Tuesday, after 269 days in a coma.

The teenager was hit on the head by a tear gas canister while he was going to buy bread during the demonstrations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that gripped Turkey in June.

"Berkin's murderers are the AKP police," protesters shouted yesterday, referring to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

More demonstrations have been called ahead of local elections on March 30.

Irish Independent

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