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Death toll in Turkey protests increased to 5

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July 9, 2013: People celebrate on the steps leading to Gezi Park in Taksim square after Turkish riot police pulled back allowing them to enter the square in Istanbul, Turkey. Gezi Park remained open for the night after thousands of anti-government protesters broke their fast for the holy month of Ramadan by sitting down for a meal along a main Istanbul pedestrian street for a makeshift Ramadan banquet that stretched toward the city's landmark Taksim Square. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A human rights group says a protester who was in a coma has died, increasing to five the death toll in nationwide anti-government protests that hit Turkey in June.

The Turkish Human Rights Foundation says university student Ali Ismail Korkmaz died in the hospital on Wednesday, some seven weeks after he was severely beaten as he escaped tear gas fired by police during anti-government protest in the city of Eskisehir.

His assailants have not been caught.

Four demonstrators, including Korkmaz, and one police officer were killed in the protests, which were sparked by a brutal police crackdown on environmental activists and soon turned into widespread denunciation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.