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Turkey: violent clashes erupt over plans for new road across university green space.


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Turkey: violent clashes erupt over plans for new road across university green space.

Violent clashes erupted in Ankara on Friday as Turkish riot police confronted hundreds of students who were protesting against plans to build a road across part of the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus.

The controversial project would lead to the demolition of a forested area, affecting 3,000 trees inside the campus. ODTÜ has one of the largest green spaces in the Turkish capital.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at between 200 and 300 demonstrators who gathered at the entrance of ODTÜ.

Three months ago, a peaceful protest in Istanbul’s Gezi Park against plans to turn the park into a shopping mall turned into the biggest anti-government protests Turkey has seen in a decade.

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