Ankara: Turkish Human Rights Activist Allegedly Shot And Killed By The Police, Protesters Claim State Media’s Ignorance

by
Fatimah Mazhar
According to the different Turkish protesters posting live updates of the anti-government demonstrations in the capital city of Ankara, Ethem Sar?sülük, a human rights activist was allegedly shot and killed by the police.

According to the different Turkish protesters posting live updates of the anti-government demonstrations in the capital city of Ankara, Ethem Sarisülük, a human rights activist was allegedly shot and killed by the police.

The unrest erupted on Friday when trees were torn down at a park in Istanbul's main Taksim Square under government plans to redevelop the area, but widened into an uprising against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The activists claim that Ethem Sar?sülük’s death was the result of police brutality and is not being reported by the state media even though there is footage available of his shooting and has been confirmed by ‘multiple witnesses.’

Following is video of Ethem Sar?sülük’s shooting provided by CNN Turk.com:

One of the Redditors obdurak who posted the news about the death of the activist on the microblogging site also posted a video of a witness.

The following translation of the witness’ statement has also been provided by the same user:

OK so two and a half hours ago the police were cornered here by the protestors. After that, while this person who who died here had a stone... was trying to throw stones, I heard the police firing five times into the air. At that moment that person fell and I saw blood spurting from his head. While we were trying to help they fired tear gas at us again. We flew again. When we came back to help we proceeded with loading him into an ambulance. We loaded him, he was brought to the hospital. Now we got word that he died.I mean I'm forty one guys I saw it with my eyes. Alright I didn't see the police aiming at his head, however I saw him fall right after the police fired into the air. I thought that it was a gunshot wound. And now got word that it was identified as a gunshot wound. We also heard that he died but I mean we can't get news from anywhere right now.”

Milliyet, a major (private) Turkish daily newspaper, also mentioned Ethem Sar?sülük’s death in a news report citing that the Forensic Medicine Institute will allow determining whether the metallic object that entered Sar?sülük's head behind his right ear is a police bullet or a tear gas capsule fragment.

No official word has yet been received or reported regarding the matter. Protesters and Turkish activists are spreading the news on different social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Reddit and posting videos on YouTube. It is a developing story. Stay connected to our website for updates.

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