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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Protests explode against Islamist Turkish government

Fireworks thrown by protesters against Turkish riot police explodes and illuminates
the scene during a demonstration in Istanbul.

Thousands Protest Islamism
Crowds protest Islamist attacks on the Internet
and freedom of the press.

Violent clashes have broken out in Turkey after the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who was hit by a police tear-gas canister in anti-government protests.

Tens of thousands of people attended the procession in the capital Istanbul today for Berkin Elvan, who passed away yesterday nine months after slipping into a coma.

Tensions spilled over between riot police and protestors in several cities for a second day, with demonstrators calling on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign in the most serious clashes since Elvan was fatally injured last summer reports the Daily Mail.

Police fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber pellets on a major Istanbul avenue to stop tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans from reaching the central Taksim Square.

There were similar scenes in the centre of the capital Ankara and in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

Crowds chanting 'Tayyip! Killer!' and 'Everywhere is Berkin, everywhere is resistance' held up photos of the 15-year-old as his coffin, draped in red and covered in flowers, was carried through the working class Okmeydani district.

Her voice hoarse with tears as her son's coffin was lowered into the ground, Elvan's mother Gulsum cried out: 'What am I to do now? They've taken my everything.'

Alevis are a religious minority in mainly Sunni Muslim Turkey who espouse a liberal version of Islam and have often been at odds with Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government.

Clashes in Turkey on internet censorship

Anger: Violent clashes have spread across Turkey for a second day after the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who was hit by a police tear gas canister. Pictured: An injured woman is helped in the Turkish capital Istanbul.

Pyrotechnics: Some protestors used fireworks to disrupt police, who patrolled
the streets of the Turkish capital in riot gear and armoured vehicles.
Tens of thousands of mourners process through Istanbul for the funeral of a boy
who died after being hit by a police tear-gas canister during riots.

Innocent: Berkin was on his way to buy bread during anti-government street protests
when he was struck in the head by a high-velocity gas canister.

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