Tens of thousands of people have turned out for the funeral of a Turkish boy Berkin Elvan who died nine months after being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests.
Berkin Elvan was hit on the head by a tear-gas canister after going out to buy bread during the demonstrations last year.Thousands have gathered near the cemevi in the Okmeydanı neighborhood in central Istanbul to attend the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old teenager who lost a long battle after being injured by a gas canister during the Gezi protests.
More demonstrations are planned, heaping pressure on Erdogan, whose government has been rocked by an escalating corruption scandal ahead of elections that could decide his fate.
Erdogan has vowed to step down if the AKP, in power since 2002, loses local elections on March 30. They are seen as a key test of his popularity after last year’s unrest and the corruption probe.