BEIRUT

Middle East

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.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here