Protesters took to the streets of Istanbul on Tuesday after a death of a demonstrator in the southern city of Antakya.
Turkish police used water cannon and fired rounds of teargas into the busy city center to disperse the crowd gathered to denounce the death of Ahmet Atakan, a 22-year-old who recently graduated from accounting school.
The sit-in was also meant to protest against the Turkish government’s strong support for a proposed U.S.-led military operation in Syria.
According to Euronews, at least 40 people have been detained.
In Antakya, the funeral of Ahmet Atakan took place. He died at a demonstration against police handling of nationwide anti-government protests.
According to CNN, demonstrators erected barricades, threw stones and shot firecrackers at the police. Crowds of protestors chanted "Down with the government" and "Solidarity with Armutlu" referring to the neighborhood in Hatay where Atakan was fatally injured.
There is still controversy over how Atakan, the protester in Hatay, died.
In a press release, the Hatay governor's office said Atakan was killed in a fall during a clash between police and demonstrators.
But eyewitnesses insisted Atakan was struck in the head at short range by a tear gas canister fired from the turret of an armored vehicle.
Atakan is the second anti-government protester to die in Hatay this summer.
Atakan's parents told CNN their son had gone out to the streets after attending a wedding Monday night, to attend a protest sit-in.
They said it was a weekly protest in honor of Abdullah Comert, another young man from the same neighborhood who was killed in a clash with police last June, barely 3 blocks from where Atakan was fatally injured. The protest was also
"My son protested against war so that there would be peace. In Turkey they kill those who want peace," screamed Atakan's weeping mother, Emsal, before her son's burial on Tuesday.
"Erdogan's dogs killed my son," she wailed.
In the afternoon on Tuesday, a procession of more than a thousand people escorted Atakan's coffin to a cemetery, chanting, "We are all Ahmet. You can kill one but not all," and "Murderer police will answer for their actions."
After the burial, crowds marched to the street where Atakan was injured.
According to the official government broadcaster, TRT, the tear gas around the Taksim area blew into a nearby football stadium where the youth Swedish national soccer team was squaring off against Turkey's national squad.
The Spanish referee suspended the game after the tear gas wafted into the stadium, which is named after Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Several days ago, Istanbul lost a hotly contested bid to host the 2020 Olympics to rival Tokyo.
Many analysts said the widely criticized use of police force to crush anti-government protests last June may have played in a role in Istanbul's Olympic defeat.
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