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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Two killed during Turkey clashes

Published 13/03/2014 | 09:17

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Demonstrators clash with riot police following the funeral of Berkin Elvan (AP)
Demonstrators clash with riot police following the funeral of Berkin Elvan (AP)
People march for Berkin Elvan, a Turkish teenager who died nine months after being hit on the head by a tear gas canister fired by police (AP)

Two people have died amid clashes that erupted in Istanbul and other Turkish cities following the funeral of a teenager, who died nine months after being hit by a police tear-gas canister.

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A 22-year old man died in fighting between two groups of youths late yesterday, as police fired water cannons and tear gas to prevent crowds from reaching Istanbul's main square after the burial of 15-year old Berkin Elvan, officials said.

In the south-eastern city of Tunceli, a police officer died of a heart attack during clashes with anti-government protesters.

Officials denied reports that tear gas fired by police triggered the heart attack, insisting that the policeman had not been exposed to gas.

Anti-government protests have flared since the teenager's death on Tuesday.

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