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Tens of thousands of mourners, many chanting anti-government slogans, gathered in central Istanbul on Wednesday for the funeral of a teenager wounded in street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest across Turkey.Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas at protests in several cities after Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday, adding to pre-election worries for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he battles a corruption scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power. In the capital Ankara, several thousand protesters gathered in the central Kizilay square, while police fired tear gas at demonstrators in the poor Alevi neighbourhood of Tuzlucayir.Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16 while going to buy bread for his family.Erdogan, campaigning around the country for March 30 local elections, has yet to comment on Elvan's death.Erdogan is due to address a separate rally in the southeastern city of Siirt later on Wednesday.
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