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Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who was beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in protests on June 2, has succumbed to his injuries in hospital. DHA photo

Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who was beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in protests on June 2, has succumbed to his injuries in hospital. DHA photo

A 19-year-old protester who was beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in protests on June 2 succumbed to his injuries in hospital on June 10, a local daily has reported.

Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who was trying to escape a police tear gas attack, was brutally beaten by a group wearing civilian clothes, according to local daily 2 Eylül.

Korkmaz’s heart stopped working today at around 11 a.m., the daily said. His assailants have not been detained.

The university student is the fourth protester to die so far in the Gezi demonstrations, after Mehmet Ayvalıtaş in Istanbul, Abdullah Cömert in Antakya and Ethem Sarısülük in Ankara. Ayvalıtaş, 20, was hit by a car during the protests and Cömert, 22, died after receiving a hit to his head. Sarısülük, 26, died from his wounds on June 14 after being shot in the head.

Police officer Mustafa Sarı also died after falling from a bridge while pursuing fleeing protesters in Adana.

The Gezi Park events, which have been ongoing for over a month, have also left dozens of people seriously injured due to the police’s heavy-handed attacks against demonstrations.

July/10/2013

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Nancy Borekci

7/11/2013 11:12:45 AM

To Ali Korkmaz & the other 3 brave students who gave their lives for the cause of freedom. We will not forget you! Bless your families!

Nobody She

7/11/2013 12:01:35 AM

I am just annoyed by AKP regime. I cannot still believe that how Mr Erdogan and his team lecture every country in the world about democracy and critise coup in Egypt etc while they do not take any responsibility or accountability for death toll in recent demonstrations around turkey.

mavi mojo

7/10/2013 11:53:30 PM

AKP fails totally in crisis management with it's authoritarian police state attitude, which it really is! They are bullies in suits most of the time. What they and their forces do best is polarizing the nation and intimidating the enlightened secular minded people. During Gezi protests we see how amateur and brutal the police force, and how intolerant and oppressive the government is. Streets are swarmed by AKP hooligans and many young pro-democratic protesters are beaten, some to death.

Stephen Brunette

7/10/2013 10:13:29 PM

God bless this hero to democracy in Turkey. Of course the group of men were AKP members or supporters. He is a hero, they are cowards, like the police and goverment. Avyallah.

Oz_man .

7/10/2013 9:54:36 PM

Mike nothing is happening to Erdogan. If you want Erdogan gone how about putting your policies forward. Using this sad incident and blaming Erdogan is disgusting and appalling. You need a reality check. Maybe you have short memories this is a country that has lived through 3 military coups and many unsolved murders. Maybe you would prefer to live in that era? Would you like to? The Turkish people are a lot more freer than ever before.

Tekion Particle

7/10/2013 7:49:08 PM

Time for this government to go. They must have a plan as they cannot think they will win the next elections. Do not expect a fair and democratic elections in the next general elections. Beware the traitors will try and hang on to power by any means possible.

Tekir Feline

7/10/2013 6:53:54 PM

With the AKP government Turkey became a real Rogue state, killing its own youth. All victims were in their twenties, very sad.

Scandi Navian

7/10/2013 6:31:08 PM

And who were the terrorists according to the PM?? Shame on the PM! Rest in peace Ali Ismail. You'll be remembered for your courage!

Sophie Abard

7/10/2013 5:52:04 PM

Maybe, just maybe, they are the same “civilians” that were roaming around Sirareviler Cadd. on Monday. All equipped with gas masks and mixed up with the police troops! Maybe, just maybe!

K M

7/10/2013 5:05:54 PM

Very sad. I'm sure the government will find the undercover agents responsible for this and honor them with a statue.
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