After 230 days in a coma, fifteen-year-old Berkin Elvan died on Tuesday. His death is the eighth linked to last year’s anti-government protests.
1. Turkish teenager Berkin Elvan was buying bread for his family last June when he was hit on the head by a tear gas canister fired by police at an anti-government protest in Ankara. After 239 days in a coma, he died on Tuesday in an Istanbul hospital.
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2. After hearing the news, protestors took to the streets and clashed with police in Ankara and Istanbul. Berkin’s death is the eighth linked to last year’s massive anti-government protests that started in Istanbul’s Gezi Park and soon spread across Turkey.
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3. At a vigil in Istanbul, Elvan’s mother, Gülsüm Elvan, blamed her son’s death on the government, which ordered police to use tear gas. “It is not Allah who has taken my son away. It is [Prime Minister Recep] Tayyip Erdoğan,” she said,Turkish news reported.
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Elvan’s health had deteriorated in recent weeks. His weight had reportedly dropped to 16kg (35lb) by the time he died.
4. Elvan’s story had become a focal point for anger against police brutality and government corruption. In Elvan’s honor, protestors at vigils sat with loaves of bread, while some bakeries reportedly gave bread out for free.
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