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A 22-year-old protester, allegedly struck on the head by a tear gas canister, dies in southern Turkey.
REYHANLI, Turkey — Ahmet Atakan, a 22-year-old protester, has died in southern Turkey after allegedly being hit by a tear gas canister during a demonstration there, according to Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper.
Atakan was participating in a march held in memory of a 14-year-old local boy who was left in a coma during Istanbul's Gezi Park protests, which swept the nation into a furor of anti-government anger several months ago.
The Atakya rally was also against the construction of a road through the Middle Eastern Technical University, said Hurriyet. During the march, Atakan was reportedly struck on the head by a tear gas canister.
Agence France-Presse said police also resorted to tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Istanbul on Monday.
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