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Turkish protesters clash with police over trial of policeman

Turkish protesters clash with police over trial of policeman
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Protests over the trial of a Turkish policeman charged with killing a demonstrator in June have flared into clashes with police in Ankara.

Ethem Sarisuluk was shot dead during a nationwide anti-government movement across Turkey, sparked off by a protest in Gezi Park earlier this year.

A crowd of around 2,000 people – including the victim’s mother – turned out to protest against the slow court process

Mustafa Sarisuluk, the brother of Etham, was also there and told euronews:

“We are not expecting justice to prevail as a result of this trial. Since we don’t have hope, we filed a request at the European Court of Human Rights on 10 October. But we’re not hopeful.”

When demonstrators were barred from entering the courthouse, they tried to break the windows.

The victim’s family has filed a complaint and pressed for a government investigation but they and their supporters are frustrated at the slow court process.

Police squads attempted to control the crowd using water cannon and tear gas. A private news agency reported that there were several injuries.

It’s just a small echo of the Gezi Park uprising, which began as a peaceful sit-down protest against expansion plans for a park in Istanbul.

So far, 22 arrests have been reported relating to the Ankara trial demonstrations.