POLITICS > Deputy Önder injured after being hit by canister in Gezi Park protests


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A photo posted on Önder's Twitter account shows the MP being wheeled through a hospital.

A photo posted on Önder's Twitter account shows the MP being wheeled through a hospital.

Istanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder was shot by police in the shoulder with a tear gas canister during yesterday's Gezi Park protests, according to reports.

Önder was in the crowd holding a sit-in protest before police attacked and tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas and pressurized water on the fourth day of mass protests against the destruction of the Taksim park and its replacement by a mall.

Fellow Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü tweeted that he talked with Önder, confirming that he was hit in the shoulder and was taken to Taksim İlk Yardım Hospital, adding that “he is not [in] good [condition].”

Önder has been the most outspoken and active lawmaker during the four days of Gezi Park protests, where intellectuals, artists and activists have been protesting against the planned changes.

Önder has frequently stood in front of bulldozers, trying to stop the demolition of trees.


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Basil Keilani

6/1/2013 10:07:35 AM

Well, the police even wanted soldiers to help them in the crackdown, and the soldiers refused and some police officers also refused. What is Erdogan doing to Turkey, and there's a kind of black out in the media.

young genius

5/31/2013 11:11:18 PM

@cezer skonore You're right! I read it wrong!

Blue Dotterel

5/31/2013 8:39:49 PM

The violence was provoked by to police provocateurs who threw rocks at the police giving them an excuse to attack the demonstrators. The provocateurs then joined the police. Typical police practice these days in most Western countries, Italy, UK, US, Canada, transforming peaceful protests into violence. The idea being to terrorize the citizens, and threaten their right to democratic peaceful protest

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

5/31/2013 5:00:56 PM

young genius: Sureyya Onder is not a CHP deputy, he is from the BDP.

Basil Keilani

5/31/2013 4:31:52 PM

Yes, it seems like the CHP will do anything to get support, but you have to give them credit that they're taking risks that most politicians would not take, young genius, and the BDP is kind of opposing Erdogan. Erdogan is going too far and will lose more support from the business community.

young genius

5/31/2013 2:15:49 PM

Even though I support the CHP, they just seem to me like they're just trying to do anything to get sympathy and votes sometimes...
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