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Ethem Sarısülük, an activist who was wounded in the head during Taksim Gezi Park clashes in the capital city of Ankara, became the third person killed in protests. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Gürel

Ethem Sarısülük, an activist who was wounded in the head during Taksim Gezi Park clashes in the capital city of Ankara, became the third person killed in protests. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Gürel

Ethem Sarısülük, an activist who was wounded in the head during Taksim Gezi Park clashes in the capital city of Ankara, has been declared brain-dead, the Ankara branch of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has confirmed.

A representative of the TTB said during a press meeting in Ankara yesterday that Sarısülük was dead. However, he lives connected to machines, the organizaton said today.

Two other people have so far died in the protests. Abdullah Cömert, a 22-year-old youth branch member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was killed in Antakya on June 3 during the clashes, while 20-year-old Mehmet Ayvalıtaş was hit and killed after a car driver ignored warnings to stop for protesters in Ümraniye’s 1 Mayıs neighborhood on the night of June 2.

June/05/2013

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american american

6/6/2013 9:47:27 PM

if he apologized, he'd have to pay the families a million each

US Observer

6/6/2013 9:25:47 PM

@ Cilgin I feel for all of you and support your effrots.Normally I would say I hope those officers are charged with excessive force but I know better than to even think it in this case. @ Michele, good point :/

DutchTurk JANICAR

6/6/2013 7:52:34 PM

@Cilgin Bird, check also youtube where a protester in front of all other protesters provokes the police tells him come come with his hands wide open, clearly personally provoking that police officer, where after the police officer aims the gasrifle on the provoking protester and hits him, where after the protester realizes he is messing with the wrong guy and walks away.

Çılgın Kanarya

6/6/2013 12:28:28 AM

US OBSERVER, the police are aiming for the head to kill, it's as simple as that. Check out the Youtube video showing the police calling out "Come, we won't do anything to you", & then when a couple of protesters affected by gas emerged from behind a wall, the police immediately shot towards their heads, missing by centimetres. All of the CS gas canisters are from a company called "NonLethal Technologies" (!) in Homer City, PA, USA. In the hands of Tayyip's thugs, however, they are very lethal.

michele suzanne

6/5/2013 8:18:19 PM

@US Observer - The police should not be firing canisters at all.

Kaan Tepe

6/5/2013 6:36:01 PM

Some of the police are trigger happy and went beyond their limits of authority. In fact, unfortunately there were far too many of them. They report to a government that has developed 'God complex' and that has saturated the ranks. Right now they are on the back foot. They have undone 30 years of trust in 3 hours. Right now in most parts of the city here there is no Police anymore (bar traffic) they are all plain clothes as they are No.2 target right now, just behind Ayatollah Tayyip ;-)

K M

6/5/2013 6:01:27 PM

One might think the police need to stand down and also control the AKP thugs in the streets.

mara mcglothin

6/5/2013 4:42:22 PM

clearly people need to begin to wear bicycle helmets or something when they are protesting since head injuries are the cause of fatalities. Godspeed to those people who have the guts to stand up for what they believe.

M B

6/5/2013 3:37:30 PM

RTE has added a new one into his sins. This boy's blood on in his hands.

Misses Ataturk

6/5/2013 2:56:37 PM

And all the while the PM has still not apologised directly... adam gibi. Rest in peace to the people who have been killed and my thoughts go out to the injured still trying to fight for our freedom. xxx
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