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Death toll from Turkey crackdown on protests hits 5

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:39AM GMT

The death toll from crackdown on anti-government protests touched off in Turkey since early June has climbed to five.

The latest death occurred when a 19-year-old student succumbed to injuries he sustained during a police crackdown on a June 2 demonstration in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

Turkey’s Dogan News Agency identified the victim as Ali Ismail Korkmaz who died of brain hemorrhage after he was attacked by unknown assailants.

Turkey has been the scene of anti-government demonstrations since May 31, when Turkish police broke up a sit-in staged at Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest against a redevelopment plan which involved the demolition of Gezi Park.

The Turkish protesters said Gezi Park, which is a traditional gathering point for rallies and demonstrations as well as a popular tourist destination, is one of Istanbul’s last public green spaces.

The protests soon spread to other cities across the country and turned into calls for the resignation of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Several people have been killed in the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, who Erdogan has described as foreign-backed extremists and terrorists.

Last month, Turkish artists, journalists, and authors placed full-page advertisements in several newspapers, asking Erdogan to stop using divisive language.

On June 24, Erdogan praised the “legendary heroism” of police forces in quelling anti-government protests.

The Turkish prime minister has faced international condemnation for his handling of the crisis. Turkish police have been also strongly criticized for using excessive force against the peaceful protests.

On July 6, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks called for an investigation into Turkey's excessive use of police force against anti-government protesters.

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