Turkish Police Deny Responsibility for Protester's Death

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Protests against the Islamist prime ninister of Turkey turned deadly for the sixth time this summer when a young man was allegedly killed by police.

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against a group gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square to protest the death of an anti-government demonstrator killed in Antakya early Tuesday morning.

"We will gather at Taksim with carnations to commemorate Ahmet Atakan and denounce police violence," the Taksim Solidarity Platform said in a statement, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Police say they're not responsible for the death of the 22-year-old protester who reportedly died after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister, eyewitnesses reported.

Police claim Atakan died after falling from a building. According to the Daily News' report, a doctor at the preliminary autopsy said there was no evidence of a fall.

Atakan is the sixth protester killed during demonstrations this summer against the government of Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

In Ankara and Izmir, police used the same heavy-handed crackdown to disperse anti-government protesters, the same tactic used last June against a sit-in protesting the demolition of a popular park in Istanbul to build a shopping mall, mosque and replica of Ottomon-era barracks. 

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