Ten detained at Turkish demonstrations marking terror attack

At least 10 people were detained attempting to make press statements at demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul marking the third anniversary of a bombing in which 33 people died in the southern Turkish town of Suruç on Friday, left-wing newspaper BirGün 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, BirGün said.

Among those detained in Kadıköy was BirGün reporter Zeynep Kuray.