Turkish police fire teargas to disperse hundreds in Istanbul
Turkish police fired teargas in Istanbul to disperse several hundred people protesting against the police crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
Istanbul: Turkish police fired teargas in Istanbul on Wednesday to disperse several hundred people protesting against the police crackdown on last month`s anti-government demonstrations, local media reported.
Police blocked several hundred protesters in a busy street near Istanbul`s Taksim Square from marching in support of a teenage boy who is said to be in a coma after being hit in the head by a teargas canister during the unrest.
TV footage showed police vehicles firing water cannons and protesters running into side streets.
What started as a small protest against the planned redevelopment of the city`s Gezi Park triggered nationwide protests last month against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accused by his critics of becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Five people died and thousands were injured in the anti-government unrest, which posed the biggest challenge to Erdogan`s decade-old rule.
While the protests have largely died down across the country, some isolated demonstrations have persisted in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.