Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in southern Turkey on Tuesday the 10th September, hours after a funeral was held for a 22-year-old protester Ahmet Atakan who died in Hatay last night due to a tear gas canister thrown by the police, during the protests to show solidarity with the construction of a road through the METU university in Ankara as well as for arresting Abdullah Comert’s killers who also died during the Gezi Park protests.
Protesters gathered in many Turkish cities today for Ahmet, where police launched tear gas at demonstrators who were seen throwing projectiles.
Turkish news report said Ahmet Atakan died Tuesday after being struck by a police tear gas canister while taking part in a protest in the southern city of Antakya (Hatay) late Monday. However, in a statement on Tuesday, police denied any responsibility, saying that Atakan fell and that there was no police intervention.
Atakan’s death has provoked renewed calls for protests that had cooled down since thousands clashed with police in many cities in June. Atakan is the sixth anti-government protester killed in Turkey in recent months.
In June, a police crackdown on a sit-in to protect an Istanbul park from development ignited the nationwide protests that turned into an expression of discontent with what opponents say is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style.
Many in Turkey expect renewed protests as Turkish university students now return to campuses.
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