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The victim, 20-year-old Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, is the first confirmed death in protests that have engulfed the entire country. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Güler

The victim, 20-year-old Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, is the first confirmed death in protests that have engulfed the entire country. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Güler

A Socialist Solidarity Platform (SODAP) member has been hit and killed after a car driver ignored warnings to stop for protesters organizing a Gezi Park solidarity demonstration in Ümraniye’s 1 Mayıs neighborhood, the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) said today.

The victim, 20-year-old Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, is the first confirmed death in protests that have engulfed the entire country.

A statement released by TTB accused the government of conducting a provocative agenda, citing several remarks of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan which claimed he was “barely holding back the 50 percent” of the country that voted for him from coming onto the street.

A car drove into the crowds, despite warnings, according to the statement, and subsequently caused Ayvalıtaş’s death.

The hacker group RedHack also released a statement, saying Ayvalıtaş was a member, while implying that the killing was the intentional work of a fascist.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) Sabahat Akkiraz extended her condolences on the Ayvalıtaş while describing him as a “martyr.”

The TTB called on government to pull back all police forces, and release all those detained throughout the protests.

Over 1,480 people have so far been wounded in Istanbul, with five people in intensive care and two more in critical condition, the TTB said, adding that around 414 injuries have so far been recorded by Ankara’s Doctors’ Union, with 420 more in İzmir.

June/03/2013

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David Coster

6/4/2013 4:51:08 PM

Dear Lara, With all due respect to you and Islam, Turkey is a multicultural society, where its citizens, in principle, are free to believe as their hearts and minds tell them. I believe in (a) God, but I do not claim it is the only one, but for all of my life it is the basis of my actions and personal responsibility to the people around me. I hope that light and belief in all peoples rights shines brightly in the heads and hearts of all Turkish leaders, do not throw away what Ataturk worked for

Jinx Star

6/4/2013 7:19:52 AM

a martyr? it doesn't take much to be a martyr .. was he willing to give his life for the cause? did he know that he was going to die if he proceeded with his cause? .. if it is no, then he is not a martyr. He is just a person either killed by the driver of the car (negligent or deliberate act) or a mere accident. No mention of who the driver was .. I suspect it is "friendly fire".

Can Oz

6/4/2013 1:24:44 AM

In America, the police would have shot the protestors like dogs for fighting back. The 1 fatality and the thousands of injuries are sad, but lets remember that this was a massive anti-government uprising. The Turkish public literally chased Erdogan's police away! The fact that so few died shows the civility of Turkish nation.

A V

6/4/2013 12:48:33 AM

This should serve as a humbling reminder to Erdogan... I bet he is starting to feel some sympathy for Assad... Or is he blaming him for all of this?!

mike alexander

6/4/2013 12:13:58 AM

lara ulusoy, nothing is wrong with Islam as a religion. However, Sharia is an evil version of this religion and I know that the average Turk does not want to live under this kind of law. I am sure that you do not want to kill young people because they kiss each other in public or cut a child's hand because she/he was hungry and stole a loaf of bread, instead of feeding the kid and teaching her/him not to do it again. Please do not hide your obvious sharia prefereces which are Mr Erdogan's too.

lara ulusoy

6/3/2013 10:53:07 PM

JOBS JON: Very well said. I'm shocked how the Turkish people are not realizing where they're heading!! Can't they see that they might not get what they want and the whole country will be dragged into another Syria, Iraq and Egypt.Yes he should just leave them and let the country drop down to the 90's lowest economy, and let their lives go back really to the dark ages. I'm totally NOT against freedom of expression, but one has to realize the difference between a tragedy on the way and dreamland

Meryem Messano

6/3/2013 10:05:10 PM

To Mehmet Ud, aren't you reading the papers or listening to the news? Protesters were peaceful and only handful, but the almighty sultan, whose had swollen the size of a turban could not accept the peaceful demonstration of not to demolish the park. What does he do, sends in the police, to show his all mightiness, he is the boss and no one has the right to express their freedom of speech. The mighty sultan is taking everyones rights, he is turning Turkiye to another Iran,.

Halit Nofal

6/3/2013 10:01:21 PM

where does it is say police car ? would something that important be messing of the story ... was it a police car ?

lara ulusoy

6/3/2013 9:58:19 PM

Mike alexander: Turkish peoples' riligion is Islam whether you approve or not. Turks belong to Turkey and not anywhere else and try not to be so arrogant, not the right place!

Rosalind Polat

6/3/2013 9:23:05 PM

Sad day for Turkey. This despot should step down
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