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Police accepted the demonstrators help after initially refusing to put their colleague on the stretcher. AA photo

Police accepted the demonstrators help after initially refusing to put their colleague on the stretcher. AA photo

A riot police officer stationed near the Taksim Square in Istanbul, who was hurt after being suddenly hit by a piece of wood, received the first medical attention from the demonstrators gathered a few meters away at Gezi Park, hours after heavy clashes at the site.  

The officer was stationed in front of the Atatürk Cultural Center as a strong wind carried away a piece of wood of considerable size which hit his head. 

The protesters brought a stretcher from their own first aid center, installed to attend protesters needing medical help during police interventions, and nursed the officer until an ambulance came to the square.

On the demonstrators’ insistence, police finally accepted their help after initially refusing to put their colleague on the stretcher. Demonstrators also brought a blanket to prevent the officer from catching cold from the rain.

The officer’s medical condition was said to be fine after he was brought to the hospital.

June/12/2013

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Çılgın Kanarya

6/13/2013 5:38:20 PM

It's nice to see that the 'marauders' care more about the health of an injured police officer than his own colleagues apparently do! I'm surprised they didn't respond by spraying pressurized water and CS gas into the wind. This Çapulcu Rüzgarı needs bringing under control!

Yaacov Ma

6/12/2013 11:05:43 PM

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/12/2013 8:53:45 PM

Teaching them humanity.

Can Lamberoglu

6/12/2013 8:40:15 PM

This is the real character of our Capulcu's, but the government refuses to acknowledge it.

mara mcglothin

6/12/2013 8:31:24 PM

Those evil capulcu children! How dare they!

Tekion Particle

6/12/2013 8:13:08 PM

Does that sounds like a bunch of chapulcu out to cause trouble? They are helping your police RTE, your police. Why would they do that if they were chapulcu out to cause trouble. Terrorists? Illegal groups? Isn't that the terms that Al Assad kept using against the people who have risen against him? I wish you would call early elections and see the mighty fall flat on his face while looking at a mirror.
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