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Clashes in Turkey for third night running after protester's death

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Clashes in Turkey for third night running after protester's death


Protesters have again taken to the streets of Turkish cities for the third night running following the death of an anti-government demonstrator earlier this week.

Hundreds turned out in Istanbul, where firecrackers and petrol bombs were thrown at police who responded with tear gas and water cannon.

The capital Ankara also saw more clashes. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit back at the demonstrators, saying “nobody has the right to disrupt the country’s peace and welfare.”

The cause of Ahmet Atakan’s death in southern Turkey is in dispute. Protesters claim the 22-year-old died at the hands of the police, with witnesses saying he suffered a strike to the head. But the authorities say he fell from a building and have used video footage to back up their case.

The protests are smaller so far than the wave of unrest earlier this summer over what many saw as the authoritarian style of the government and the prime minister in particular.

But some say the demonstrations are more politicised, and a sign that Turkish society remains polarised and divided.

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