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Anger in Turkey after injured teen dies

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On Tuesday morning 15-year-old schoolboy Berkin Elvan died after being in a coma for 269 days following injuries suffered at the height of the Gezi Park protests last year. On Tuesday evening thousands took to the streets to express their grief, solidarity, and anger across tens of cities in Turkey. The following day hundreds of thousands lined the streets for the funeral of the youngster in Istanbul. However, when many then decided to make their way to the traditional gathering point of Taksim Square they found their way blocked by riot police who used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. The scene was repeated across several cities across Turkey and two people were killed and several hospitalized. The over-reaction of the police has led to demonstrations being called again for tonight, this time not merely in support of Berkin Elvan, but many people holding the police and the Prime Minister personally responsible for what they call the murder of the schoolboy and calling for the government’s resignation. Another day another protest here in Istanbul. This time an impromptu gathering by hundreds of students complaining about police brutality. Firstly in the death of Berkin Elvan, and last night the excessive violence used to clear demonstrations, peaceful demonstrations, all across the country.

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