Berkin Elvan (14) left home to buy a loaf of bread on 16 June 2013, when he was shot in the head by the riot police with a tear gas canister. After fighting in coma for 269 days, he passed away this morning (March 11), weighing only 16 kilograms.
His family announced via Twitter:
“To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7 a.m. in the morning. Condolences to us all,”
After months of silence and indifference from government officials, President Abdullah Gül gave the family a call yesterday, asking if they need anything. The family requested that the riot police stop attacking their supporters at the hospital. The President told them he would call the governor and ask for restraint, yet the attacks still continue. The crowd in front of the hospital was once again gassed by the riot police today, and several of them have been wounded. A fresh wave of protests are now underway around the country.
After the news of her sons death, Gülsüm Elvan,
mother of Berkin exclaimed “It is not Allah who has taken my son away. It is the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,”
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip erdoğan had never visited, called, or offered condolences to the family of Berkin Elvan. He is under direct scrutiny due to his statement “I ordered the police. Were we just gonna watch the occupation forces?”
Erdoğan had also praised police for “heroic action” during the Gezi resistance, despite serious injueries and death.
He had cried for people on live-tv for people who died during the Rabia protests in Egypt.
Soon after the news, silent sit-in protests started everywhere in turkey. A young student sitting in Ankara said “I was going to buy bread, then I found out that Berkin has died. He was shot on his way to the grocery store, but I wasn’t. I will sit here to hold them(gov) to accounts”
Thousands all over Turkey started going out on the streets, and people are using social media heavily to organize new event.
— Hurriyet Daily News (@HDNER) March 11, 2014
LIVE from #Eskisehir. Citizens marching to demand justice for #BerkinElvan Live streaming video by Ustream LIVE from Ankara Live streaming video by Ustream A woman was injured by a tear gas canister that was shot at her head today during protests in Ankara. Ankara police vs students in demonstration for death of #BerkinElvan. Via @zy_bia 18:27 #Eskişehir – Gruplar #BerkinElvan için sloganlarla yürüyüşte. via @ari_cemrek Protesters seeking shelter in mall in #Ankara after vicious police attack.
— Ziya Meral (@Ziya_Meral) March 11, 2014
Police used teargas and water cannon to prevent some 1,000 protesters in Kadıköy from marching to the local headquarters of the ruling AKP. Following the intervention, a group of protesters turned a public bus into a barricade.
— gztrn ✌ (@Obefintlig) March 11, 2014
People flash lights on and off to show solidarity with protesters in the street, like they did in June during Gezi protests.Izmir Now Izmir İstanbul Nişantaşı People trapped in mall after fleeing from tear gas Screens at #Espark, #Eskisehir: Finally something meaningful appears on them. #BerkinElvan pic v. @ForumEskisehir
Image below of an injured woman, shot in the face by tear gas. Now with an injury above the right side of the jaw.
Below: Adana the journalist Lawrence Joseph Khan, Toma. Khan’s broken leg
— İstanbul Indymedia (@Istanbul_Indy) March 11, 2014
Injured protester in Istanbul, also shot in the head by tear gas canister.
— Pınar Deniz Aksoy (@PINPINPINN) March 11, 2014
Resistance against police violence in Istanbul continues into the night
— İbrahim Kale (@brahim_kale) March 11, 2014
Video Berkin Elvan’ın ölümünü protesto etmek için AKP Mersin Yenişehir İlçe binasına yürüyüşe geçen ve polisin müdahalesi ile ara sokaklara dağılan grup, kısa sürede yeniden toplandı.