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Students gathered during the afternoon on ODTÜ's campus, with police once again resorting to tear gas to quell the protesters.  DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Students gathered during the afternoon on ODTÜ's campus, with police once again resorting to tear gas to quell the protesters. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Students of Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) gathered inside the campus to denounce a road project that will lead to the demolition of part of the university’s forested area on Sept. 6. 
Police resorted to a brutal crackdown to quell the protests that raged throughout the day. Students first gathered during the morning and stood in front of construction vehicles, while some protesters hugged trees to prevent their removal from the area. 
The police then dispersed the group with tear gas and loaded the removed trees onto lorries. Some protesters were even kicked by riot police officers, daily Hürriyet reported.
They were joined by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies following the raid.
CHP deputies Hüseyin Aygün, İlhan Cihaner and Aylin Nazlıaka joined a group of protesters at ODTÜ and stood in front of the construction vehicles to halt the road construction.


CHP deputies Hüseyin Aygün, İlhan Cihaner 
and Aylin Nazlıaka joined a group of 
protesters at ODTÜ on Sept. 6. DAILY NEWS
photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Nazlıaka told a man who said he was the site chief that the work was unlawful, while adding that none of the workers in the area were carrying the municipality’s ID cards. 
After this warning, the protesters demanded the workers show their municipality ID cards, and a scuffle between the workers and protesters took place. 
Aygün then sat on the ground next to the vehicles to stop their work from continuing.
The CHP deputies’ action came after the police attacked against a group of students in construction area early in the morning on Sept. 6, ultimately detaining 14 people, including six students. 
Hürriyet's photo reporter injured
Students continued protesting and gathered once again during the afternoon, with police once again resorting to tear gas on the campus to quell the protesters. 


Police crackdown inside the ODTÜ campus
continued throughout the evening of
Sept. 6. Some protesters were seen firing
fireworks. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin

Daily Hürriyet photo reporter Rıza Özel was injured after being hit in the leg by a rubber bullet fired by the police while escaping from the crackdown with the students. Özel was also struck by a stone on the head.

Police continued their attacks against the demonstrators, which included the family of killed Gezi protester Ethem Sarısülük, throughout the evening, firing multiple volleys of tear gas. Some of the gas capsules reportedly ignited fires in ODTÜ's forested area, sending demonstrators scrambling to douse the flames.

One demonstrator was reportedly also taken to hospital after being struck in the head by a gas capsule fired by police.

Protests in solidarity were held in Kadıköy, Taksim, Eskişehir and İzmir. The protests in Taksim drew charges from police cannon, but a large number of protesters marched down İstiklal, shouting slogans in support of the resistance at ODTÜ, while also calling on the government to resign.

Ankara Metropolitan Municipality’s decision to build a road that would cross ODTÜ territory, causing the destruction of a university’s forested area, had first sparked outrage in the university last month, leading to the students taking action.

Protesters opposing the construction of a planned road project connecting the Anadolu Boulevard and the Konya Highway have been staging an “occupy protest” in the area since last month.

The ODTÜ Rector’s Office said in a written statement Sept. 4 that around 3,000 trees would be affected inside the campus due to the controversial project.


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Pia Luna

9/7/2013 6:49:35 PM

Why not try and make everybody happy,and build the new road AROUND the green area,if possible? Or ask yourself,before starting to (again) irritate not only the students,but as I am sure,a large part of Turkish inhabitants,is it really necessary to build this road,at all? The green,undeveloped areas in Turkey are increasing by the minute.

Çılgın Kanarya

9/7/2013 4:53:39 PM

SARIKAYA VİSALİ, stop lying. The report about the headscarved girls at ÖDTÜ was on HDN yesterday, & I even commented on it! You can find it under the Turkey - Rights section. How can you expect people to have respect for your "mind", Sarıkaya, when you don't even have the intellect to locate an article in a newspaper that you read regularly? DUTCH HOLLAND, why would they decide to egg your car & drag you out of it, just for driving past? How much did your nose grow when you made that comment?

sarikaya visali

9/7/2013 1:26:09 PM

Few days ago, at the same university, new female students are subjected to insults and harrassed inside the university campus by these bigots. Their only mistake, they wear a headscarf. HDN fail to report the incident. Today the same newspaper is making headlines of these rioters but as victims. Hurriyet : please show at least some respect for our minds.

Soap box

9/7/2013 10:28:56 AM

@ Dutch Holland: I imagine your body language prior to the alleged attack must have been very neutral/supportive!! Either that or they recognised you!

James Khan

9/7/2013 9:57:03 AM

Dutch I think you are telling lies.

Faruk Beisser

9/7/2013 9:46:35 AM

You, Dutch Holland, you are a master fairy teller of Gülen/Erbakan AKP. Even you name is a sycronym!

Dayna Lewis

9/7/2013 1:47:53 AM

seems there are plenty of police to controll protesters but no one to help controll Syrian border crossings....wondering just who is more dangerous to Turkey...student protesters or terrorists & smugglers

Çılgın Kanarya

9/7/2013 1:32:50 AM

Same old fascist actions in response to peaceful protests and the attempted blocking of diggers from destroying more precious greenery: Rubber bullets, gas canisters in the head, gas canisters setting fire to the bush and causing even more damage, police hitting and kicking people. Let these Islamofascist brutes blame nobody except themselves if they get rejected by the IOC in Buenos Aires. Absolutely disgraceful.

sam afg alokozai

9/7/2013 1:05:28 AM

such idiots ... with lots of respect for turkish people, but turkey need to give normal education for its some backward population who do not want to see a developed country for themselves, countries beg for world donors to make road for them, turkish government want to make road but people want trees ... nice to see

Dutch Holland

9/6/2013 10:30:29 PM

After these protesters egged my car, then tried to pull me out of it, just because I was driving past the a demonstration, slower than people were walking mind you, you know what... I've sorta changed my mind about these protests... Tear down every tree in sight, you have my blessing.
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