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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Two dead after Turkey protest clash

Published 23/05/2014 | 12:22

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Riot police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters in Istanbul, Turkey (AP)

Two people have died from injuries suffered in violent clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul.

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Police fought with more than a dozen youths who hurled stones and firebombs yesterday. One man - described as a bystander and not a demonstrator - was shot and died in a hospital hours later.

News of the man's death later triggered more clashes in the same neighbourhood, injuring at least nine people, including a man who died in hospital today, Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu told reporters.

Mr Mutlu earlier identified the dead bystander as 30-year-old Ugur Kurt. Police investigators are trying to identify the person who fired the bullet.

The second man who died was not identified.

The clashes erupted after a group of up to 15 people protested against the death of a boy after last year's nationwide anti-government protests, as well as the deaths last week of more than 300 people in a coal mining disaster blamed on poor safety standards.

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