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September 10, 2013

Mourning for #AhmetAtakan

Protester killed at demonstration in Turkey reignites anti-government fury online.

The mother (R) of Ahmet Atakan who died September 9 during clashings between Turkish riot policemen and protesters, cries during the funeral ceremony held on September 10, 2013 in Hatay. AFP/AHMET SEHER/IHLAS NEWS AGENCY

The death of a demonstrator in southeast Turkey has sparked renewed outrage on social media. Ahmet Atakan was reportedly struck by a tear gas canister fired during clashes that broke out between police and protesters. His name trended worldwide, receiving hundreds of thousands of mentions on Twitter. Many called for demonstrations to mark his death.
Doctors reportedly found injuries consistent with allegations that he was struck on the head by a police tear gas canister. The governor of Hatay province, however, said Atakan died after falling from a building. 
Atakan is the sixth person to die in Turkey's anti-government protests. He was reportedly protesting the construction of a road through a university in the capital of Ankara. Other reports said the protest was against military intervention in Syria.