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30 Horrific Images From Second Night Of Clashes In Turkey After Burial Of Berkin Elvan

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For the second evening, the two biggest cities in Turkey have descended into chaos after police fired tear gas and water cannon following the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. On Wednesdays afternoon, thousands of mourners took to the streets of Istanbul, chanting anti-government slogans as the young boy’s coffin was carried slowly through the city.

Elvan was injured during anti-Government protests last summer when the then-14-year-old was hit on the head with a gas canister. He had only left his house to buy some bread. He slipped into a coma shortly after the incident, and it was announced on Tuesday that he had succumbed to his injuries. Elvan’s mother has maintained that Turkey’s beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to blame for her son’s death, a sentiment echoed among the tens of thousands that carried Elvan to his burial.

According to the BBC, as the coffin was lowered into the ground, Elvan’s mother shouted "What am I to do now? They've taken my everything." Following the burial, violent clashes broke out when protesters tried to move to Gezi Park, the scene of last year’s standoff.

According to a witness, a 31-year-old Istanbul native (who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity), violence broke out in Osmanbey close to both the burial site and Gezi Park.

"When they saw the crowd they attacked without any provocation or warnings," she said. "They attacked brutally." The witness speculated that the police only attacked after live streaming of the burial had been completed.

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    Protestors clean their eyes after police fired flee tear gas during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Protestors flee tear gas during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Wednesday as tens of thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered in last year's anti-government protests.
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    Protestors flee tear gas during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Protestors flee tear gas during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A protestor throws a stone onto a police van during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A riot policemen shoots at a gas canister thrown back by protestors during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    Protestors gesture as they stand behind a barricade during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Protestors wearing gas masks walk amid smoke during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A woman tries to protect her baby from tear gas during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    A boy protects a girl as riot police attacks protestors during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    A protestor runs past a police van during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Wednesday as tens of thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered in last year's anti-government protests.
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    Police stand in line during clashes with demonstrators after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    People run away from tear gas and water cannon during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    People run away from tear gas and water cannon during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    People run away from tear gas and water cannon during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    Police use water cannon to disperse protestors during Berkin Elvan`s funeral on March 12, 2014 in istanbul.
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    A protestors wearing a gas mask takes cover with his shield during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A protester is affected by tear gas during clashes with police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in istanbul. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Wednesday as tens of thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered in last year's anti-government protests.
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    People run from tear gas during the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    Police use water cannon to disperse protestors during Berkin Elvan`s funeral on March 12, 2014 in istanbul.
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    Police use water cannon to disperse protestors during Berkin Elvan`s funeral on March 12, 2014 in istanbul.
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    Riot police use tear gas to disperse protestors during Berkin Elvan`s funeral on March 12, 2014 in istanbul.
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    Thousands of people attend the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014.
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    Protestors take cover behind a barricade during clashes with riot police after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Riot police uses tear gas to disperse protestors during clashes after the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Riot police uses water cannons against protesters during clashes at the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    Protestors use fire works to police during clashes with riot police at the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A policeman fires tear gas to protesters during clashes with riot police at the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.
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    A policeman fires rubber bullets to protesters during clashes with riot police at the funeral of Berkin Elvan on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul.

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