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Turkey police crack down on protesters mourning dead student

English.news.cn   2014-03-13 01:18:40

ANKARA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police on Wednesday cracked down on protesters in the capital Ankara who have been demonstrating over the death of 15-year-old student Berkin Elvan.

Elvan died at Okmeydan Hospital on Tuesday. He had been in coma for nine months after being shot by a police gas canister during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul last year.

As Elvan's funeral was held in Istanbul, nearly 3,500 protesters, including students and members of unions, gathered at the main square of Guvenpark in Ankara for mourning, local media reported on Wednesday.

Riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds, but protests are still staged in different districts of Ankara.

Earlier Wednesday, police cracked down on demonstrations in the Tuzlucayir neighborhood of Ankara, leaving two protesters injured.

On Tuesday evening, riot police also used water cannon and tear gas in Ankara's central Kizilay square to scatter thousands of protesters who chanted for the resignation of the Turkish government.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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