Berkin Elvan was shot by police with a poison gas canister during the Gezi protests in Istanbul in June 2013 while walking to get a loaf of bread. After 269 days of coma, the 15 year old could not be saved and died in the hospital March 11. The death resulted in intense protests all over Turkey against the government of Tayip Erdogan already implicated with graft allegations of its ministers, himself and his family. Telephone conversations of several ministers, Prime Ministers' son Bilal Erdogan and several businessman have been leaked to YouTube and other social media. The ministers' sons, director of Halk Bank, and Iranian Businessman Reza Sarrab who were arrested in December 17 have all been released from prison after the District Attorneys and police conducting the operation have been re-assigned by the government. The corruption and the death of the 15 year old teenager re-ignited the intense protest in major cities like Istanbul, Ankara and |zmir. All this comes at critical time when local elections will take place on March 30 considered to be a vote of confidence for the government of Erdogan who uttered that Facebook and YouTube could be banned after the elections. The unrest is unlikely to subside since most unions and schools have decided to boycott the government in the coming days.
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