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Demonstration in Istanbul after death of young protester

From CNN's Gul Tuysuz and Journalist Ibrahim Karci
updated 9:00 PM EDT, Sun June 30, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The protest is mostly peaceful
  • It follows a violent protest in southeastern Turkey
  • An 18-year-old was killed and nine others were wounded

Istanbul (CNN) -- The death of a young protester in southeastern Turkey prompted thousands to turn out in Istanbul on Saturday, in what was a mostly peaceful demonstration.

The 18-year-old man was killed and at least nine others were wounded Friday while protesting the construction of a new security outpost near the city of Diyarbakir.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the deputies of his ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting with Turkish parliament on Tuesday, June 18. Erdogan said he had no intention of restricting anyone's democratic rights. "If you want to make a protest do it, do it, but do it within the framework of law," he said. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the deputies of his ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting with Turkish parliament on Tuesday, June 18. Erdogan said he had no intention of restricting anyone's democratic rights. "If you want to make a protest do it, do it, but do it within the framework of law," he said.
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Protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails, setting two tents and a container building on fire, the Turkish Interior Ministry said. Turkish security forces opened fire after the group failed to heed warnings to disperse, the ministry said.

In a show of solidarity, demonstrators gathered Saturday at the entrance to Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of weeks of sometimes violent protests earlier this month. Police finally moved the crowd away.

More than 20 people were detained by authorities.

CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report.

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