The police staged a fresh crackdown on demonstrators in the early evening hours of Sept. 10, after groups had gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square to denounce the death of a protester in Antakya during an intervention, reports Hurriyet Daily News. The police intervention continued for more than four hours around İstiklal Avenue's side streets. Another protest was staged in the district of Kadıköy, on Istanbul's Asian side. As reported, Ahmet Atakan, 22, died in the early hours of Sept. 10 in Antakya, where he had joined a demonstration to protest police handling of the demonstrations in Ankara's Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ). Witnesses and activists claimed that Atakan was hit in the head by a gas canister fired by the police. However, the Turkish police released a statement saying footage from a police camera indicated that Atakan had fallen from a building, and that no intervention by the police was visible. The Taksim Solidarity Platform, which initiated the first protests against the destruction of trees in Gezi Park months ago, scheduled a public rally in Taksim Square at around 7 p.m. “We will gather at Taksim with carnations to commemorate Ahmet Atakan and denounce police violence,” the group said via its social media account.

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