Thousands Of Turks Protest In Istanbul , Ankara , Izmir , One death
13 September, 2013
Protests and demonstrations are continuing in cities in Turkey including Istanbul , Ankara , Izmir .
Ahmet Atakan, 22, died in Antakya 's Armutlu neighborhood during the early hours of Sept. 10 in a demonstration in support of students in Ankara protesting against the construction of a road through the Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ).
An Istanbul datelined report  said:
The Süreyya Opera House building in Istanbul 's Kadiköy was turned into a makeshift infirmary late on Sept. 11 for protesters wounded during the police's intervention in protests denouncing the death of a protester in the southeastern province of Hatay a day earlier.
Some protesters injured during the police intervention took shelter at the infirmary set up inside the Süreyya Opera House building by volunteer medics, Dogan news agency reported. Those affected by the tear gas also took shelter inside the opera house.
Kadiköy, where demonstrations have been largely eventless since the end of May, witnessed a heavy-handed police intervention for the second day in a row.
Riot police, deployed in large numbers, started firing tear gas and water cannons in the Sögütlüçesme area, a major public transportation node, against protesters who were marching from the docks.
Police resorted to tear gas and water cannon trucks to disperse protesters who were gathered near the well-known “bull square” on the main artery of the Bahariye neighborhood in Istanbul 's Anatolian side.
An earlier report headlined “Police intervene against protesters during demos in Istanbul 's Kadiköy”  said:
The protests in Istanbul moved to the Asian shores on Sept. 11, as a several thousand gathered in Kadiköy to denounce the death of a protester a day earlier in the southeastern province of Hatay .
The Istanbul datelined report said: Kadiköy, where demonstrations have mostly been eventless since the end of May, witnessed a heavy-handed police intervention for the second day in a row.
Riot police officers who were deployed in large numbers started firing tear gas and water cannons in the Sögütlüçesme area, a major public transportation node, against protesters who were marching from the docks, around 10 p.m.
Police continued their intervention and once again resorted to tear gas and water cannon trucks to disperse protesters who were gathered near the well-known “bull square” on the main artery of the Bahariye neighborhood.
Some demonstrators formed barricades with garbage cans and set them on fire at the entrance of the Bahariye Avenue .
Social media users posted pictures of protesters injured during the police intervention and called for medical treatment.
Demonstrations were also held in Gazi Mahallesi on the European side, a sensitive spot of the city where clashes between police and groups of protesters occur frequently.
Conflicting reports over the circumstances of Atakan's death had also raised tensions. Witnesses and activists claimed that Atakan was hit in the head by a tear gas canister while police said he had fallen from a building.
Ankara , Izmir and Hatay
Fresh protests erupted in Ankara 's Tuzluçayir neighborhood, where protests have been ongoing since the crackdown on ODTÜ students, who were demonstrating against a road project through the campus, with reports of police using water cannons and tear gas.
In Izmir, police intervened against a group of around 2,000 demonstrators who were marching to the Basmane Square . At least one person was detained.
New protests were also staged for another day in Atakan's hometown of Antakya . Clashes broke out again in the Armutlu neighborhood between the police and protesters, Dogan News Agency reported.
Police also intervened against protesters during demonstrations in the southern coastal town of Mersin . At least eight people were detained, Anadolu Agency reported.
Protests denouncing Atakan's death in the evening hours of Sept. 10 were the largest since July.
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