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Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) students are being taken into custody in increasing numbers following clashes that occurred during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit to the school, daily Hürriyet has reported.
 
Twelve students have been detained so far, but the number will reportedly increase in the coming hours.
 
Police forces launched raids at students' housing units early in the morning, terming the action “DHKP/C operation" in reference to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).
 
A group of ODTÜ students had protested the Dec. 18 visit of Erdoğan, who came to the university to attend a ceremony for the launch of Turkey’s Göktürk-2 satellite.
 
Police used pepper gas and water cannon against the protesting students, who were not allowed to approach the ceremony hall.
 
A total of 26 students were detained while five were injured due to police’s use of tear gas.
 
Erdoğan reportedly attended the ceremony with 105 guard cars, 20 armored cars, one intervention tank and 2,500 police officers.

The Dec. 18 action against the students has drawn widespread condemnation, including reaction from ODTÜ’s rector. One student, Barış Barışık, remains in serious condition in hospital after being struck at close range by a police gas canister.

December/21/2012

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Nikos T.

12/21/2012 7:44:28 PM

And still there are people who believe that Cyprus and the evil Greeks prevent Turkey from being a member in EU.

Rimon Tree

12/21/2012 3:52:18 PM

Detaining anyone who opposes him will not help the wannabe Sultan in the long run. To be forced to move around with the army when meeting inteligentia is a very bad sign. I can see the writing on the wall and certainly he himself can see it, that what makes him acting increasingly desperate.

Adam Polk

12/21/2012 1:59:58 PM

dogan kemal ileri, we are not governed by educated people. whats pm erdogans background? what about MPs?

dogan kemal ileri

12/21/2012 1:53:10 PM

Mr Erdogan Turkiye needs these bright elite students unharmed as they are the future leaders of Turkiye whereas your repressive actions means soon you will be history.

mara mcglothin

12/21/2012 1:30:06 PM

Some things don't change! The backward boorish behavior of the PM continues. Will Turkey ever become a free society and a full fledged democracy?

nyob nyobb

12/21/2012 12:46:26 PM

If the PM needs 105 guard cars, 20 armored cars, one intervention tank and 2,500 police officers to attend a ceremony, he is obviously not wanted...

Jeff Howison

12/21/2012 12:30:20 PM

A few hundred of these police would have been better utilized if, instead of using university students for target practice, they were sent to Istanbul to direct traffic.

Johanna Dew

12/21/2012 12:22:00 PM

This is fascism: violence rules.
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