He protested in Antakya in southern Turkey by a new road, now Ahmet Atakan is dead, the 22-year-old was taken after media reports of a tear gas cartridge to the head of the police.
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A young man has died in the Monday night in Antakya in southern Turkey. Ahmet Atakan was hit by a tear gas cartridge to the police, Dogan news agency reported. On Twitter to news and pictures of 22 year olds spread, the outrage is great, # AhmetAtakan became one of the trending topics.
Atakan had previously been involved on Monday evening in a protest march to protest against the construction of a road on the grounds of the Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ), reported the newspaper “Today’s Zaman”. The protesters want to prevent the road, because there are many trees that must be felled for construction. In addition, the young man had joined around 150 other will remind you of the death of a protester in early June, the agency Dogan reported.
Such as “Today’s Zaman” further reported later demonstrators had attacked policemen with stones and fireworks. The security forces then used water cannons and tear gas.
In the clashes between protesters and police, the 22-year-old was seriously injured. He was taken to the Government Hospital in Antakya, where he died a short time later.
Antakya is one of the Turkish cities, where there had been repeated protests against the Islamic-conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In June, the planned transformation of the green area had triggered on the edge of Taksim Square in Istanbul nationwide demonstrations that drove hundreds of thousands of people for weeks on the road. They demonstrated later against the increasingly violent response of the police and the authoritarian leadership style Erdogan. A total of five protesters and one policeman were killed.
In early September, the protests flared up again – albeit to a lesser extent than in June. Also in Istanbul, it came on Monday during a protest march against police brutality in clashes between security forces and protesters. The demonstrators demanded the punishment of police officers who are responsible for the serious injury of a 14-year-olds.
The teenager is in a coma since June, after he was hit by a police tear gas canister to the head. Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the Turkish police, specifically to shoot tear gas guns at people.