Young man named Uğur Kurt was critically wounded after being shot in the head with live ammo fired by police attacking the Okmeydanı weekly student protest for murdered Gezi protester Berkin Elvan. It has been stated that Kurt has now passed away.
Istanbul police have staged a crackdown on members of Dev-Genç youth organization of high school students who staged a march in the district of Okmeydanı today for Berkin Elvan who was murdered by police at the age of 15 during last year’s Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.
Uğur Kurt, was attending a funeral in nearby Djemevi (Alevi place of worship), when he was critically wounded after being shot in the head by a real bullet fired by police attacking the student protest. Kurt who has been rushed to Okmeydanı Training and Research Hospital is reported to be in a life-threatening condition. The 30-year-old victim, Uğur Kurt, reportedly works for the Beyoğlu Municipality.
Clashes in the neighborhood grew after police critically wounded Uğur Kurt. Riot police forces are heavily attacking demonstrators firing tear gas and water cannon’s, while the people responding to the police attack with stones and molotov cocktails. People have started a sit-in on the Darülaceze Avenue as police forces have started to withdraw from the neighborhood upon the strong reaction displayed by local people against the police brutality.