Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Third night of protests in Turkey

Turkish police fire teargas during clashes in Hatay, Turkey (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Demonstrators have clashed with police in southern Turkey for a third straight night, a day after the funeral of a 22-year-old protester whose death at a protest has reignited anti-government anger.

Clashes also broke out in parts of Ankara and Istanbul.

In the southern city of Hatay, a group of about 200 people confronted police who then responded with tear gas and water cannons.

The death of Ahmet Atakan on Sunday under disputed circumstances has renewed a protest movement that had cooled after thousands took to the streets in June in an expression of discontent against prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

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