Turkish man shot by security forces dies of injuries

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A protester injured by security forces in a protest in the Turkish city of Istanbul has died of his injuries.

Ugur Kurt, 30, succumbed to his injuries at the Okmeydani Research Hospital in central Istanbul, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Huseyin Mutlu, the governor of Istanbul, also confirmed Kurt’s death in a message via Twitter later in the day.

Mutlu said earlier in the day that the protester had been shot in the head during a clash with the police, adding, “I have been informed that police were attacked by Molotov cocktails and a 30-year-old man was injured.”

Clashes erupted between police and protesters in the Okmeydani district of the city and security forces used tear gas and water cannon, and fired shots into the air during the crackdown.

According to witnesses, the protesters took to the streets to mark death of a teenage boy killed during last year’s anti-government demonstrations. They also condemned the government for handling a recent mining disaster that killed 301 people in the western city of Soma.

The Soma mine disaster has sparked protests in several towns and cities across Turkey. The government is under fire for what is seen as its failure to protect and rescue trapped workers.

According to a prosecutor, a preliminary report showed that coal had been smoldering for days before the deadly tragedy, causing a roof collapse and releasing toxic gases inside the mine. Officials said most victims were killed by the toxic gases.

Last week, Erdogan said mining accidents are “the nature of the business,” prompting angry responses from his critics who accused him of indifference to the plight of the miners.

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