Clashes took place in tense Istanbul neighborhood over Gezi Park protests
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
Gazi suburb on the European side of Istanbul is known for its oppositional sentiment and its high Alevi population. DHA photoClashes between protesters and police erupted in the often-tense Istanbul neighborhood of Gazi late June 7 as demonstrations sparked by the demolition of Gezi Park continued for the 12th day.
Police attacked a group of around 5,000 protesters that had erected barricades on the road with tear gas and water cannon. The protesters reportedly responded with fireworks and slingshots.
Tension had risen two days ago in the suburb, a neighborhood that is known for its oppositional sentiment and its high Alevi population.
One protester, Duran Akbaş, was injured during the clashes on the night of June 6 after allegedly being hit in the head by a tear gas canister. The demonstrator is still in critical condition, doctors have said.