Police intervene in Ankara protests

Police intervene in Ankara protests

Police intervene in Ankara protests

DAILY NEWS photo / Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Police forces in Ankara intervened today against protests showing solidarity with the Taksim Gezi Park protesters, using tear gas and pressurized water on the demonstrators.

Protesters elsewhere in the city have built a barricade with two municipality buses and a construction truck on the Kolej crossroad, to resist against a possible police intervention.

Earlier in the day, clashes also erupted between demonstrators and a group of 30 people chanting slogans in favor of the police.

The unknown group, which attacked while shouting “May the hands of those who attack the police be broken,” ran away after attacking demonstrators.

Protesters continued to return to Kızılay Square after being repeatedly dispersed by police through the side streets.

Ankara police started a crackdown at noon, using tear gas and water cannon against around 300 students shouting slogans and marching toward the Prime Ministry complex after staging a sit-in. A 60-year-old man, identified only by the first name, Ahmet, was reportedly injured by a tear gas bomb.

Police reportedly fired gas bombs from the roofs of some buildings and overpasses, but no tanks or riot squad vehicles were stationed near Kızılay on the third day of protests in the city.

The clashes continued toward midnight on June 2 in Ankara, and there were reports of numerous injuries in the areas around Tunalı Hilmi, Kızılay and Güven Parkı. Many protesters were also reported to have been detained by police.