Two dead after Turkey protest clash
Published 23/05/2014 | 12:22
Two people have died from injuries suffered in violent clashes between police and protesters in Istanbul.
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.