Turkish police fire tear gas to disperse Ankara protesters

ANKARA, March 12 Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:48am EDT

ANKARA, March 12 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse a crowd of several thousand demonstrators in Ankara's central Kizilay square on Wednesday in a protest triggered by the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer.

Tens of thousands of mourners, many chanting anti-government slogans, were meanwhile marching in central Istanbul at the funeral of the 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday after spending nine months in a coma.

(Reporting by Umit Bektas and Jonny Hogg; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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