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Death toll rises in Turkey protests

13 June 2013, 18:47

Ankara — A lawyer says a protester injured during clashes with Turkish riot police has died, raising the death toll to five from the two-week standoff between police and activists that has challenged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

The protests centred on Istanbul's Taksim Square looked set to continue on Thursday despite a referendum offer over a contested development plan presented a day earlier by Erdogan's party.

Family lawyer Sema Aksoy said 26-year-old Ether Sarisuluk — who had been on a life support for days — was pronounced dead on Thursday. He was believed to have been hit in the head by a tear gas canister during protests in Ankara on 1 June.

A human rights group says thousands of people were treated for injuries in protests that began on 31 May.

- AP


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