Berkin Elvan, the Turkish boy injured in anti-government protests has died nine months later. His death has refreshed old wounds and propelled protestors afresh on the streets of the country.
The whole of Turkey it seems is in a rage.
And the protests have forced the police to come out in full force and control the people:
Fourteen-yearold Elvan was critically wounded last summer during anti-government protests that erupted across Istanbul and other Turkish cities. The police reaction to the protests was violent; people were hosed down, gassed, hit by rubber buttes and tear gas canisters.
Elvan wasn’t even part of the protests – he was an unlucky victim of police brutality during that turbulent time.
He had left home on the morning of June 16, 2013, to buy a loaf of bread. Less than 15 minutes later, he was hit by a police tear gas canister in the head and suffered blunt trauma. For the next nine months, Elvan lay in a hospital bed in a coma, wasting away, till he was a mere 16 kgs when he died on Tuesday.
“It is not Allah who has taken my son away. It is [Prime Minister Recep] Tayyip Erdo?an,” says his bereaved mother, Gülsüm Elvan.