Dozens arrested in Turkey after protesting teenager death

Published February 6th, 2015 - 06:19 GMT
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's palace is well-guarded and a common place for protests. (AFP/File)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's palace is well-guarded and a common place for protests. (AFP/File)

Turkish police arrested 60 demonstrators after they boarded two buses to take to the presidential palace Friday, according to AFP.

AFP reported that officers used pepper spray on the buses to detain the protesters. Demonstrations in Turkey erupted after the death of teenager Berkin Elvan, who was in a coma for nearly a year before he passed away in March 2014. He was fatally wounded by police from a mass anti-government protest in 2013.

The arrests come at a time when police authority in Turkey is heavily debated as the country considers a new security bill, which critics say will turn Turkey into a "police state," AFP reported. Debates in the parliament are expected to start on February 10 after they were delayed for a week. 

The bill was introduced shortly after October's violent protests in Turkey, which was a response to the country's refusal to open a corridor to Syria.

Turkish authorities have kept a close eye on President Tayyip Erdogan's palace, which AFP said has become a symbol of "authoritarian extravagance."


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