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Teenager injured in Turkish protests dies

The mother (C) of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan cries after her son died at Okmeydani Hospital in Istanbul on March 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

ISTANBUL: A teenager who was in a coma since being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during the summer's anti-government protests in Turkey has died.

His family said 15-year old Berkin Elvan died in a hospital in Istanbul on Tuesday. His death raises the number of people killed in the protests to at least eight, including a police officer.

The protests were sparked by a police crackdown on protesters objecting to the razing of a central Istanbul park and quickly turned into nationwide protests demanding more democratic freedoms. Police say some 3 million people took part in demonstrations from May to September.

Elvan was caught up in the protests on his way to a shop to buy bread.





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