Clashes in Istanbul after funeral of young Gezi victim

Photo: Clashes in Istanbul after funeral of young Gezi victim / Turkey

Thousands of people flocked to Istanbul's Okmeydanı neighborhood for the funeral procession of Berkin Elvan, who died yesterday after 269 days in coma, Hurrriyet Daily News reported.

Some groups put up barricades on the roads leading to a local cemevi, a house of worship for the Alevi community, where the funeral ceremony started at 12 p.m.

Fifteen-year-old Elvan, the eighth person to be killed in the Gezi Park protests, was sent into a coma after sustaining a head injury from a gas canister as he went to buy bread during a police crackdown in Istanbul's Okmeydanı neighborhood last June.

Soon after the funeral finished, clashes between police and protesters started in the Osmanbey neighborhood near Taksim.

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