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Hundreds Clash With Police In Turkey After Protester Dies


Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police is southeastern Turkey after the funeral of a protester who died in unclear circumstances.

The outbreak of violence between protesters and police started on September 10 just hours after 22-year-old protester Ahmet Atakan was buried.

Atakan died in the early hours of September 10 in the city of Antakya at a demonstration against the police handling of nationwide antigovernment protests this summer, but the cause of his death was in dispute.

News of the protester's death sparked protests in other Turkish cities.

Police in Istanbul fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred protesters rallying in the city center.

A wave of violent and at timse deadly protests, which started over plans to build a shopping center in an Istanbul park, spread through Turkey in June.


Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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