Crowdsof left-wing students from Istanbul's universities and technical high schools clashed with police yesterday (20 December) when they marched through the city to protest against the death of one of their comrades in a street fight the day before.
GV Police and pedestrians in square (2 shots)
GV PAN Armoured cars in square
SV Riot police
GV TILT DOWN from archway to student marchers
GVs Students marching(2 shots)
GV Students march by police cordon
GV Students marching
GTV Student marchers column in square
Initials ET/1731 ET/1740
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Crowdsof left-wing students from Istanbul's universities and technical high schools clashed with police yesterday (20 December) when they marched through the city to protest against the death of one of their comrades in a street fight the day before.
The trouble started at Istanbul University, when riot police were rushed to the campus and surrounded it As the students broke though the cordon and began marching, police started making arrests.
Unrest among the city's students began on Thursday when one of them, Sehin Aydin from the school of architecture, died from knife wounds receive during a clash with other students.
Four students were arrested after the killing.
SYNOPSIS: Riot police supported by armored cars were rushed to Istanbul University yesterday (Friday, 20 December) as students began to prepare a march through the city. This was the second day of unrest stirred up by left-wing students in Istanbul. The previous day, one student had died from knife wounds.
Police surrounded the campus as students walked out of classes and prepared to demonstrate in protest against the death of their comrade, a student at the school of architecture, who had died after a street fight in which he had been stabbed.
From the university, the students paraded through the police cordon and began marching through the city streets to a nearby square, where they were due to hold a rally. It was during the march that some students clashed with the police and arrests were made.
Turkish authorities and students have been on the brink of a head-on clash for some time. Several hundred left-wing students went on trial last month for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. And the tension has been heightened by the debate surrounding American influence in Turkish affairs.