Death toll rises to 5 in Turkey protests
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - June 13, 2013 - 4:10pm

ANKARA, Turkey — A lawyer says a protester injured during clashes with Turkish riot police has died, raising the death toll to five from the two-week standoff between police and activists that has challenged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

The protests centered on Istanbul's Taksim Square looked set to continue Thursday despite a referendum offer over a contested development plan presented a day earlier by Erdogan's party.

Family lawyer Sema Aksoy said 26-year-old Ether Sarisuluk — who had been on a life support for days — was pronounced dead Thursday. He was believed to have been hit in the head by a tear gas canister during protests in Ankara on June 1.

A human rights group says thousands of people were treated for injuries in protests that began May 31.

ACTIVISTS AKSOY ERDOGAN ETHER SARISULUK LAWYER POLICE PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN PROTESTS SEMA AKSOY TAKSIM SQUARE
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