Police officer dies in Turkey protest

Protestors chant slogans at Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5, 2013 as part of ongoing protests against the ruling party. (AFP)

Protests in Turkey on Thursday kill on police officer in the south of the country bringing the total death toll to three in a week, AP reported.

The Associated Press said the officer died in a hospital after falling into an underpass that was still under construction in Adana, on the Mediterranean coast. He was trying to break up protests there the previous night.

Two demonstrators have reportedly been killed in the latest up flare of violence in the country. Protests and hostilities spread over at least 70 cities in the country.

The Associated Press said the Turkish Human Rights Foundation reported at least 4,300 injuries in the country, they were wither wounded in clashes or sought medical care for the effects of tear gas.

On the other hand, the government said dozens of police officers were also injured.

Turkey’s Western allies have voiced concern in recent days over the police violence.

Turkey, while acknowledging some police excesses, has hit back at criticism of its handling of the crisis, a foreign ministry source told AFP.

“Turkey is not a second-class democracy,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told US Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call Tuesday, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

 

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