Some 98 people injured during Turkey’s mass protests
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 98 people were injured during the protests in Istanbul, held in connection with the death of 15- year-old Elvan Berkin. About 22 of them are police officers, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on March 14 referring to Istanbul's police.
Two municipal buildings, 24 ATMs, and nine private offices were damaged during the protests.
On March 11, there were mass protests in 32 Turkish cities in connection with the death of 15-year-old Elvan Berkin. He suffered a head injury during a rally in May last year and remained in a coma until he died recently.
The largest protests were observed in Istanbul and Ankara.
Several demonstrators were shooting at the police officers in Istanbul.
It was also reported that some 40 minors involved in the protests were detained.
Mass protests were also held on March 12 during Elvan Berkin's funeral.
Anti-government protests took place in Turkey for nearly three weeks beginning in late May.
Turkish oppositional parties accused the police of using excessive force against protestors.
In total, around 2.5 million people from 79 Turkish provinces participated in protests during the three weeks, the Turkish Interior Ministry said earlier.
As a result of the unrests in Turkey nearly 4,000 people were injured with varying severity, 4,900 were detained by the police.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN