Many detained, attacked with plastic bullets at demonstrations marking terror attack in Turkey
At least 23 people on Saturday were detained attempting to make press statements at demonstrations in Istanbul marking the fourth anniversary of a bombing in which 33 people died in the southern Turkish town of Suruç on Friday, left-leaning newspaper Evrensel said.
The 2015 attack, believed to have been carried out by partisans of the Islamic State (ISIS), targeted left-wing young people preparing to enter Syria to carry out reconstruction work in solidarity with Kurdish forces fighting ISIS.
In Istanbul’s Mehmet Ayvalıtaş Park in the neighbourhood of Kadıköy, police used tear gas and plastic bullets on demonstrators and beat several up in the process of detaining them, Evrensel said.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies were among the attacked, according to the daily.