Police fire tear gas and water cannon at protesters in streets of Istanbul in violent clashes following death of high-profile Kurdish lawyer
- Prominent Kurdish lawyer shot dead in Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey
- Tahir Elci, 49, was facing a prison sentence for supporting Kurdish rebels
- Protesters and police are clashing violently tonight in streets of Istanbul
- Police used tear gas and water cannon in attempt to disperse protesters
Police and protesters are clashing in violent skirmishes in the streets of Istanbul tonight, following the ‘assassination’ of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender today.
Tahir Elci, who was facing a prison term on charges of supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed in an attack in southeast Turkey which also killed at least one police officer.
The high-profile lawyer was shot while he and other lawyers made a press statement, according to the mayor of Diyarbakir city, Firat Anli.