Clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Istanbul's Kadikoy continued early on Thursday (September 12) as riot police fired volleys of smoke grenades to disperse the demonstrators.

Clashes broke out when protesters wanted to march to AK Party headquarters in Istanbul's Kadikoy district. Protesters set barricades on roads as riot police fired smoke grenade.

Nationwide protests continued following the death of a demonstrator in the southern province of Hatay.

Ahmet Atakan, 22, died in the early hours of Tuesday (September 10) at a demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's handling of nationwide protests this summer.

The cause of his death was in dispute, with witnesses saying he suffered a blunt trauma to the head, while police said he fell from a rooftop.

Clashes also broke out in Turkish capital of Ankara and southeast province of Antakya.

Anti-government demonstrations have largely cooled since early July but there have been sporadic protests in Istanbul, Ankara and Hatay.

Tensions remain high in Hatay, a province of mixed ethnicities and religions that borders Syria, especially as the United States contemplates military strikes against President Bashar al-Assadover the suspected use of chemical weapons.

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