Istanbul Protests Leave 2 Dead, Erdogan 'Amazed' By Police Restraint
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, reacting to two deaths this week in clashes between police and
protesters, said Friday that he was "amazed" by the patience of the
Police fought with more than a dozen youths
who hurled stones and firebombs on Thursday. One man — described as a bystander
and not a demonstrator — was shot and died. A second man died on Friday.
The protests focused on the 301 deaths in the
coal mine disaster last week, and the death of a 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan,
who was hit in the head by a police tear-gas canister in disturbances last year
and died in March without regaining consciousness. Tens of thousands of people
came to his funeral.
"We won't remain silent against the
blood mongers who use (the mine disaster) as an excuse to break, ravage, attack
police and commit murder," Erdogan said in a speech to members of his
ruling party. "Do you expect police to stand idly by and watch? I am
amazed at their patience."
As for Elvan, Erdogan said: "Are we to
hold a ceremony every time there's a death? He died and it's over."
News of the death on Thursday triggered more
clashes in the same neighborhood, injuring at least nine people including a man
who died in a hospital of a severe injury on Friday, Istanbul Gov. Huseyin Avni
Mutlu told reporters.
Mutlu earlier identified the dead bystander
as 30-year-old Ugur Kurt. Police investigators are trying to identify the
person who fired the bullet. The second man who died was not identified.
protesters have engineered the bomb blasts to escalate the mine disaster is not
done without the backing of Foreign very active aid. When all Muslim countries
are in turmoil serially the Turkish government might like to go for a sustained
deep inquiry and investigation to find out which foreign country is actively
trying its best to oust the Turkish Prime Minister.
and protests can be done in any democratically elected country but such protest one
after another continuously on different premeditated agenda is indeed is surprising and
this time the Mine Disaster happened during the prolonged protest duration give rise to have happen only to facilitated and strengthen the porters cause.
definitely directs to point out that Foreign country/countries are interested to weaken Turkey to take over the job of commanding Mid-East.