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article imageDeputy Önder injured by gas canister in Istanbul park protest

By Anne Sewell     May 31, 2013 in World
Istanbul - As the protest against the demolition of "the last public green space" in Istanbul continues, Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has been shot in the shoulder by police with a gas canister on Friday and is in hospital.
Digital Journal reported on Thursday about the protest to try and stop the demolition of Taksim's Gezi Park, which had at that stage reached its third day.
On Friday, Önder was part of the crowd holding a sit-in protest against the demolition of the park when police attacked and tried to disperse the crowd. Using tear gas and pressurized water, police attacked the protesters in what is now the fourth day of mass protests against the destruction of the park and the construction of a shopping mall.
Fellow Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü sent a tweet to advise that he had spoken with Önder, and had confirmed that he was hit in the shoulder by a tear gas cannister.
Önder was taken to Taksim İlk Yardım Hospital, where apparently “he is not [in] good [condition].”
During the ongoing protest, artists, intellectuals and activists have been rallying against the planned demolition of the park and Önder has reportedly been the most outspoken and active lawmaker during the action.
Önder is well known for standing in front of bulldozers, in an attempt to stop the demolition of the trees.
There have also been reports of police firing tear gas into the nearby subway station, as is shown in the image below:
Police fire tear gas into a subway station in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protest.
Police fire tear gas into a subway station in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protest.
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