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Turkish doctors accuse police of deliberately injuring protesters

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 05 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3674
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

The Turkish Medical Association has called for an immediate end to “uncontrolled police violence,” saying that thousands of citizens have been injured in the past week after authorities used tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets to break up protests. The media have reported the deaths of at least three protesters.

The association’s call comes in response to several days of unrest in Turkish cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, after police responded violently to a protest against the redevelopment of a public park in the Taksim district of Istanbul.

On Friday 31 May riot police used tear gas against activists at Gezi Park, near Taksim Square. They had been protesting peacefully since 27 May against plans to build a shopping centre there. The …

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