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Thousands gather for funeral of Turkish teen struck in the head by police

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People protest the death of Berkin Elvan, a Turkish teenager who was in a coma since being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during the summer's anti-government protests, in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The 15-year old Berkin Elvan’s death in an Istanbul hospital _ nine months after he fell into a coma _ looked likely to spark new protests in Turkey. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters trying to converge in central Ankara and Istanbul hours after Berkin Elvan’s family announced his death.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) (The Associated Press)

Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests.

Fifteen-year old Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday sparked clashes between protesters and riot police in several cities.

On Wednesday, thousands converged in front of a house of worship calling for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign.

Berkin was on his way to buy bread during anti-government street protests when he was struck in the head by a high-velocity gas canister. Several police officers were questioned about Berkin's head injury but none has been charged.

His death raised the number of fatalities from last summer's protests to at least eight.