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Istanbul faces chaos as masses attend funeral of slain boy

English.news.cn   2014-03-12 20:38:31

 
Turkish people run away from tear gas during a protest in Ankara, capital of Turkey, March 11, 2014. Mass protests rallied on Tuesday in several cities in Turkey following the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who had been in coma for 269 days due to a head injury by a tear gas canister during the Gezi Park protests in last June. (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya)

ISTANBUL, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Tension is getting high in Turkey's city of Istanbul on Wednesday as 50,000 people are flocking to a funeral of a 15-year-old student who died Tuesday after 269 days in coma.

The death of Berkin Elvan, the eighth person killed in the Gezi Park protests last June, has triggered a nationwide anti- government protests in more than 30 cities in Turkey.

The protests are continuing in Istanbul on Wednesday as they are vowing to march to the city center of Taksim square after the funeral.

Some groups have put up barricades on the roads in a bid to prevent intervention of policemen.

Gezi Park near Taksim square has been shut down by the police ahead of a potential protest march after the funeral ceremony at the Ferikoy cemetery.

Elvan was sent into a coma after sustaining a head injury from a gas canister as he went to buy bread during a police crackdown in Istanbul last June.

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ISTANBUL, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Nationwide protests erupted in over 30 cities in Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a student who had been seriously injured during the protests in last June.

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ISTANBUL, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Students in many schools and universities in Istanbul, Ankara, Eskisehir, Antalya and other cities in Turkey boycotted lectures on Tuesday after the death of 15-year-old student Berkin Elvan, who had been in coma for 9 months after being shot with a gas canister during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.

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Editor: Tang Danlu
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