Turkish police fire smoke grenades at students in Ankara
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 00:51
Oct. 21 - Turkish riot police use smoke grenade and water cannon to clear out students demonstrating against a controversial roadside construction. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Hundreds of students and protesters demonstrated in Ankara against reconstruction plans that includes part of the Middle East Technical University (METU) campus on Monday, as riot police used smoke grenades and water cannon to disperse the crowd.
Scuffles broke out between municipality workers and protesters who planted saplings at a construction site where dozens of trees have been uprooted in the past weeks.
The municipality plan opposed by the students involves building a road across the university campus and uprooting a large number of trees in the area.
The Middle East Technical University (METU) campus has one of the largest green spaces in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
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