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Police use teargas against protesters in Ankara

Turkish police forces have used teargas on students demonstrating against policies of the country’s High Educational Board (YOK) in Ankara.

On Wednesday, thousands of students took to the streets of the capital to take part at a nationwide protest against the YOK.

In one incident in central Ankara police intervened as a group of students made a statement asking for “free education.”

Inside Ankara University, students staged a protest against the YOK, the ultimate decision-making entity for Turkish universities, which has been criticized for being a remnant of the September 12, 1980 military coup.

Hundreds of students also marched to the office of Akdeniz University’s rector in a separate demonstration in Antalya after holding a sit-in in the city center.

Elsewhere in the capital, students gathered at the Middle East Technical University (ODTU), the epicenter of Ankara protests against a controversial road project through the university campus, to express their opposition to the YOK and education policies in the country.

Protests against the road project, which threatens around 3, 000 trees, began in September with police forces cracking down on protesters.

The campus is said to be one of the greenest and most beautiful areas of the capital.

On September 10, a 22-year-old Turkish resident, identified as Ahmet Atakan, was allegedly killed by a police teargas canister.

Turkey has been rocked by nationwide protests and strikes against the policies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The unrest began in Istanbul on May 31 after police broke up a sit-in held at Taksim Square to protest against the demolition of nearby Gezi park.

By Press TV


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