Protests Demand Justice in the Memory of 14yr old Berkin Elvan

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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”

BidE4HpCIAEFyIBAt the funeral his body was carried by many in a coffin. This light body of Berkin Elvan (16kg) may be light for people who carry it, but it will be very heavy for the Turkish governent.

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#BerkinElvan Okmeydanı Cemevi’nde karşılandı.
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Thousands all over Turkey started going out on the streets, and people are using social media heavily to organize new event.

148296_10152024111893494_1963235749_nBerkin was a symbol of hope for all people young & old in Turkey, and his death devastated the waiting crowds and their hearts.

Studens at berkins highschool refused to enter class rooms. many schools in turkey joined the protests. DISK(revolutionary workers union) announced that it will leave work tomorrow.

Studens at Berkins highschool refused to enter class rooms. many schools in turkey joined the protests. DISK(revolutionary workers union) announced that it will leave work tomorrow.

 

#Ankara Angry crowds marched to the square hours before the planned marches begin. sendika.org

#Ankara Angry crowds marched to the square hours before the planned marches begin. sendika.org

 

 Photo from #Izmir of protesters and those remembering Berkin Elvan

Photo from #Izmir of protesters and those remembering Berkin Elvan

 

  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. 397516_721758524530861_1383276331_nBicuAfDIQAA7WjC     Ankara police vs students in demonstration for death of #BerkinElvan. Via @zy_bia Bic9J_4IgAAP43r     18:27 #Eskişehir – Gruplar #BerkinElvan için sloganlarla yürüyüşte. via @ari_cemrek Bidc9KwIUAA38xP (1) Protesters seeking shelter in mall in #Ankara after vicious police attack.

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@140journos 6m
19:08 #İstanbul #Kadıköy

Eskişehir people filled the streets for Berkin Elvan BidqjlzCcAAbMt4

Istiklal Ave,Istanbul Turkey A TOMA vehicle fires water cannon at protesters.

Istiklal Ave,Istanbul Turkey A TOMA vehicle fires water cannon at protesters.

 

Izmir

Izmir

Eskişehir City

Eskişehir City

 

Edirne city

Edirne city

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Diyarbakır city

Diyarbakır city

Kırklareli City

Kırklareli City

Tekirdağ City

Tekirdağ City

 

 

İstanbul Kocamustafapaşa

İstanbul Kocamustafapaşa

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.

Kadıköy İstanbul

Kadıköy İstanbul

Izmir

Izmir

 

ankara güvenpark

ankara güvenpark

People flash lights on and off to show solidarity with protesters in the street, like they did in June during Gezi protests.Izmir Now 1966683_10151995209368097_1204241568_nIzmir 1901895_10151995209523097_892032779_nİstanbul Nişantaşı 1970529_10151995217908097_1006315244_n (1) People trapped in mall after fleeing from tear gas Screens at #Espark, #Eskisehir: Finally something meaningful appears on them. #BerkinElvan pic v. @ForumEskisehir BieIhNSCMAAueCL

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Taksim

Taksim

 One of the AKP election offices in İstanbul

One of the AKP election offices in İstanbul

 

Gazi neighborhood

Gazi neighborhood

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

Injured protester in Istanbul, also shot in the head by tear gas canister.

 

One of two people who were run over by police vehicle tonight.

One of two people who were run over by police vehicle tonight.

Woman who was run over being put into an ambulance. Current condition unknown.

Woman who was run over being put into an ambulance. Current condition unknown.

 

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Resistance against police violence in Istanbul continues into the night

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.

The coffin of Berkin Elvan is carried on March 11, 2014, in Istanbul as relatives of Berkin Elvan cry from the apartment windows above. RIP Berkin. Our Hearts go out to his family.

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