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Turkey: Berkin Elvan, 15, hurt in Istanbul clashes, dies after months in coma

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By Chris Harris  with AFP
Turkey: Berkin Elvan, 15, hurt in Istanbul clashes, dies after months in coma

<p>A teenage boy has died nine months after being hit on the head by a tear gas cannister during <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/01/turkish-anti-government-protests-escalate/">Turkey’s anti-government protests</a>.</p> <p>Berkin Elvan, 15, died at an Istanbul hospital, around 6am <span class="caps">CET</span>. He had been in a coma since being wounded while on the way to buy bread in June.</p> <p>The news sparked protests outside the hospital, with police using tear gas to disperse angry crowds.</p> <p>His family announced his death with a short message on Twitter.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Halkımıza : Saat 07.00 Berkin Elvan'ı evladımızı kaybettik. Başımız sağolsun.</p>— Berkin Elvan (@Berkin_Elvan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Berkin_Elvan/statuses/443260158349946881">March 11, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The youngster’s death takes the death toll from the protesters to seven. More than 8,000 were injured. One policeman was also killed.</p> <p>Shortly after the teenager’s death was announced, hundreds gathered outside the hospital where he had been in a coma for 269 days.</p> <p>The gathering erupted into violence when dozens of protesters threw stones at a police bus. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowds, according to a photographer from Agence France Presse.</p> <h3>Latest #BerkinElvan tweets</h3> <br/> <p><a class="twitter-timeline" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BerkinElvan" data-widget-id="443384439561670657">Tweets about “#BerkinElvan<a href="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs" style="text-align:left;">/a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?‘http’:‘https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+</a>);}}(document,“script”,“twitter-wjs”);</script></p>