June 4, 2013
A Turkish protester was killed overnight by unidentified gunman in
the southern province of Hatay, marking the second fatality in the
weeklong anti- government protests across the country, the governor’s
office said Tuesday.
Abdullah Comert, 22, took part in protests in an act of solidarity
with protesters in Istanbul, was shot by an unidentified gunman in the
provincial capital of Antakya, the governor’s office said in a
statement, adding he was seriously wounded and died in the hospital.
A total of 173 people, including 115 police officers, were injured in
clashes between protesters and policemen in the nationwide protests in
the past week, Turkish authorities said Monday.
The protests started as a sit-in at Gezi Park in Istanbul against
plans to redevelop that part of Taksim Square and turned into massive
demonstrations against the government.
In Istanbul, some 100,000 people took to the streets over the
weekend. Some protesters tried to attack the office of Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the city, throwing stones at its windows, while
others torched the offices of the ruling Justice and Development Party.