27 year old Ethem Sarısülük was shot in the head by a policeman during a protest in the commercial district of Kızılay in Ankara, Turkey. In the video, a policeman in riot gear is seen kicking a protester in the head but because he was alone and a large group of protesters was getting close, he pulled out his weapon and fired three shots into the air. As the shots were being fired, Ethem Sarısülük collapsed with a fatal head wound to the ground.
It is not very clear from the video whether one of the shots fired by the riot cop hit Ethem Sarısülük in the head, or whether an off camera cop fired into the crowd to help the overpowered cop with an escape.
Some sources claim Ethem Sarısülük is the fifth victim of the repression remote controlled by Prime Minister Erdogan, others say he’s alive in Numune Hospital, but brain dead. The secretary general of Human Rights Foundation (IHV) Metin Bakkalcı confirmed that Ethem Sarisülük was dead. Hurriyet Daily News also confirmed that Ethem Sarisülük was dead, although according to them, he’s the third victim since protests started, not fifth. The other two victims are Abdullah Cömert, a 22 year old youth branch member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) – killed in Antakya on June 3, 2013 and 20 year old Mehmet Ayvalıtaş who was hit and killed by a driver in Ümraniye on June 2, 2013.
Video showing the moment of Ethem Sarısülük’s death is below:
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