Anti-government protester dies in Turkey

AP , Tuesday 10 Sep 2013

A 22-year-old protester dies from a blow to the head while demonstrating against the construction of a road through a university in Ankara

Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency says a 22-year-old protester in southern Turkey has died after being hit in the head by a police tear gas canister.

Ahmet Atakan died Tuesday after taking part in a protest in the southern city of Antakya late Monday. The protest was organized to show solidarity with students opposed to the construction of a road through a university in Ankara.

Atakan is the sixth anti-government protester killed in Turkey in recent months. A police crackdown on a sit-in to protect an Istanbul park ignited nationwide protests in June that turned into an expression of discontent with what opponents say is the government's increasingly authoritarian style.

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