LOCAL > Protesters get first aid in Istanbul's Opera House turned into infirmary


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A protester is being taken to hospital after first aid in opera house. DHA photo

A protester is being taken to hospital after first aid in opera house. DHA photo

The Süreyya Opera House building in Istanbul’s Kadıköy was temporarily turned into a makeshift infirmary late on Sept. 11 for protesters wounded during the police’s intervention in protests denouncing the death of a protester in the southeastern province of Hatay a day earlier.

Some protesters injured during the police intervention called for medical treatment and took shelter at the infirmary set up inside the Süreyya Opera House building by volunteer medics, Doğan news agency reported. Those affected by the tear gas also took shelter inside the opera house. Kadıköy, where demonstrations have been largely eventless since the end of May, witnessed a heavy-handed police intervention for the second day in a row.

Riot police officers, deployed in large numbers, started firing tear gas and water cannons in the Söğütlüçeşme area, a major public transportation node, against protesters who were marching from the docks.

Police resorted to tear gas and water cannon trucks (TOMAs) to disperse protesters who were gathered near the well-known “bull square” on the main artery of the Bahariye neighborhood in Istanbul’s Anatolian side.

Ahmet Atakan, aged 22, died in Antakya’s Armutlu neighborhood during the early hours of Sept. 10 in a demonstration in support of students in Ankara protesting against the construction of a road through the Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ).


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Çılgın Kanarya

9/12/2013 10:12:49 PM

How many days now before the Süreyya Opera House is raided by tax authorities in a "standard, pre-scheduled inspection"? And how long before we learn that all of its employees and performers are drug dealers? (caught out of course in a pre-arranged sting operation after months of surveillance). Tick, tick, tick, tick!

John Smithicks

9/12/2013 5:48:22 PM

in the meantime the prime minister addressed a group of conservative opera lovers, accusing the protestors of ignoring the smart casual dress protocol and leaving before the fat lady sang. (sorry i could not resist) and gecmis olsun to our citizens.
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