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Clash follows teen’s death in Turkey

Protesters remembered Berkin Elvan, who died nine months after being hit with a police tear-gas canister.
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Protesters remembered Berkin Elvan, who died nine months after being hit with a police tear-gas canister.

ISTANBUL — Turkish police clashed with hundreds of protesters Tuesday following the death of a Turkish teenager, who had been in a coma since being hit by a police tear-gas canister during antigovernment protests last year.

Riot police fired tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse antigovernment protesters hurling stones and bottles in central Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the largest city. The unrest swelled within hours of news that Berkin Elvan, 15, had died in an Istanbul hospital nine months after losing consciousness with a fractured skull.

Protests were reported in at least nine other cities. Authorities could provide no details on injuries to protesters or police.

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Outside the hospital itself, protesters holding a vigil threw stones at police vehicles, and officers responded with tear gas.

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His family said Elvan, who turned 15 in January, was on his way to a shop to buy bread when he was caught up in a street protest and struck in the head with a high-velocity gas canister. Several police officers were questioned about his head injury but none has been charged.

Associated Press