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Young protester killed by tear gas capsule in Turkey

A picture of Ahmet Atakan is shown during his funeral service, 10 September 2013.
A picture of Ahmet Atakan is shown during his funeral service, 10 September 2013.

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Ahmet Atakan, 22, died after being shot in the head with a tear gas capsule. The attack occurred at rally in support of ODTU (Middle East Technical University) in Antakya, Hatay.

Ahmet Atakan had joined protests against the chopping down of trees for a new road that would cross the campus land. He also was there to support an anti-war rally.

Atakan was hospitalized in Akdeniz Hospital after being heavily injured. Later on, he was transferred to Antakya State Hospital and – according to the information received – his heart stopped, yet he was revived by the doctors there. However his heart failed again and he passed away.

The Hatay Governership claimed that Atakan lost his life after he fell off the roof. However Republican People's Party (CHP) MP of Hatay Mevlüt Dudu stated that Atakan passed away after being shot with a tear gas capsule from a very close distance. An autopsy report proved that on the left side of Atakan's skull is a 6x5 centimetre wound which allegedly could only occur through a stroke.

Following his death, demonstrations were held all around the country on 10th September at 7pm, for both Ahmet Atakan and other people who lost their lives because of police intervention in the Gezi resistance movement.

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