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Police fire tear gas as riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators  near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, June 16, 2013.AP Photo

Police fire tear gas as riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, June 16, 2013.AP Photo

The Turkish National Police will hold an unplanned tender for 100,000 new gas bomb cartridges and 60 water cannon vehicles, daily Milliyet reported.

The excessive use of gas bomb cartridges by police – 130,000 cartridges in 20 days due to the Gezi Park protests that started in Istanbul and spread to 77 provinces across Turkey – led to a sharp fall of gas bombs in police stocks.

The National Police had bought 150,000 cartridges in 2013 in line with the annual plan.

A total of 60 antiriot water cannon vehicles, 45 Mass Incident Intervention Vehicles (TOMA) and 15 Shortlands, are also planned to be bought through the same tender. The TOMAs and Shortlands – smaller in size than TOMAs – have received excessive damage during the protests, according to Milliyet.

The Supply and Maintenance Department, which is organizing the tender, plans to purchase the cartridges and armored vehicles through the Prime Ministry discretionary fund, in case the Treasury responds negatively on a new budget

June/19/2013

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Geir Fugleberg

6/20/2013 5:40:56 PM

Likes are not signatures,the greatest number of signatures I have seen for any turkish issue was(admitedly a couple of days ago), apr 25.000,a "high yeild campaign" gets something lik 3.000.000,sory,-thats just a fact!! I would love to have millions of signatures,but they just dont materialise. While it is true that bad press can cost,I honestly do not think that 1600 signatures acount for "a lot of beans",wish it had!

mara mcglothin

6/20/2013 2:53:44 PM

KHALIFA Did you know that tear gas cannisters can catch fired when not properly used, and shot inside a closed building??? hmmmmm

american american

6/20/2013 1:58:38 PM

on my street in harbiye i picked up a cartridge from usa , one from brazil, and one that had its label removed.

khalifa ahmed

6/20/2013 7:58:09 AM

They need this to protect the public from the trouble makers that set fire to public property

mara mcglothin

6/20/2013 1:09:35 AM

CILGIN IN America thing do work a bit differently. Bad press can really cost your bottom line. A country and western girl group spoke out openly about our President at the time, and it almost put the bad out of business. So exposure of these companies and what they are doing will go further than you think. Who knows, only time will tell. My friend in D. C. is a political analyst that is clearly on the side of the protestors and will spread the word to people who are in a position to help.

Tekion Particle

6/19/2013 9:59:00 PM

Why don't one of you start a petition on fb I am sure it will collect millions of likes in no time, assuming likes are accepted as signatures.

sonnudagreat

6/19/2013 9:16:37 PM

there is a big solid proof who buys weapons and ...terrorist and gangster so please decide which one of this are you or both? people like us we need nothing ..nature has given us voice and we will use that as weapons ..

Çılgın Kanarya

6/19/2013 8:16:46 PM

Thank you MARA, your efforts on behalf of the much-gassed Turkish public are very much appreciated. I doubt it will make much difference though, as in industries such as these, profit talks much louder than any human possibly can, but it's the thought that counts, as they say :)

Rorschach ~

6/19/2013 7:01:30 PM

I wonder if the Sultan or any of his AKP cronies happen to own stock in tear-gas or water-cannon companies....?

Tekion Particle

6/19/2013 6:12:28 PM

Using taxpayers money to suppress tax payers. If there is a hell as AKP goons believe there is, their places must have been reserved by now.
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