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Council of Europe condemns Turkey over crackdown

Council of Europe condemns Turkey over crackdown
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Turkish anti-government demonstrators have come up with a new way of continuing their protests.

Thousands gathered in Taksim Square on Tuesday night to rally against the release of a policeman who allegedly shot dead a protester. Some even acted out the moment of the victim’s death to the general surprise of passers-by.

The march took place as Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the head of the Council of Europe, who condemned the alleged use of excessive police force.

Secretary General Thorbjoern Jagland said: “Turkey is one of the founding fathers of the Council of Europe, and Turkey and Council of Europe are listening to each other, and we have also discussed how the Council of Europe and Turkey can continue to work on necessary reforms in Turkey.”

Protests swept Turkish cities after police used teargas and water cannon to disperse a demonstration against redevelopment of an Istanbul square. Two weeks of clashes with police have left four people dead and some 7,500 injured.