Turkey protester's death used to 'spread chaos': Minister
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Guler said on Wednesday that protesters were attempting to use the death of a young man during a demonstration to "spread chaos" as pockets of anti-government unrest flared once again in the country.
As tensions rose, the country's Kurdish rebels for the first time called on their supporters to join demos against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen by critics as increasingly authoritarian.
Demonstrator Ahmet Atakan died in hospital on Monday night after being allegedly hit in the head by a tear gas canister during clashes between police and around 150 protesters in the southeastern city of Antakya near the Syrian border.
But the minister disputed that account, saying Atakan had died after falling from a rooftop where he had been throwing stones at police.