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Clashes go into the night in Turkey

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 00:34

May 23 - Protesters continue to clash with police in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul and in capital Ankara as protest anniversary nears. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of protesters threw stones and fireworks at police in several districts of Istanbul on Friday night after two people died in clashes in the working-class district of Okmeydani. The clashes have stirred fears of further unrest as the anniversary of last year's anti-government demonstration approaches. Police fired rubber pellets and smoke grenades to disperse protesters letting off fireworks in Okmeydani district as thousands flocked to the streets for the funeral of Ugur Kurt, a bystander Ugur Kurt who was attending a relative's funeral, was shot in the head apparently by a stray bullet on Thursday as the violence flared. His death in hospital overnight triggered renewed clashes in which a second person, as yet unidentified, was killed by a home-made grenade. The violence in the neighborhood, which has seen periodic unrest since the 1990s, comes almost a year after protests in Istanbul triggered a summer of nationwide demonstrations which challenged Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's decade-old rule. Clashes also broke out at Middle East Technical University in the Turkish capital of Ankara where students hurled stones and fireworks at police.

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Clashes go into the night in Turkey

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 00:34