Turkish police shoot man in Istanbul for removing flag

The culprit was shot in the leg as he climbed the pole of a police station to bring the other flag down.

Turkish police shoot man in Istanbul for removing flag

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish police have shot and wounded a 28-year-old man who attempted to remove a Turkish flag from a police station in Istanbul.

The culprit, identified as Ali Ocgun, first succeeded in removing the flag from a hospital in Istanbul's Kucukkoy district. He then headed to the Gaziosmanpasa police headquarters, where he attempted to remove another two flags.

After removing one from the police station, Ocgun was shot in the leg as he climbed the pole to bring the other flag down. Witnesses said he had threatened to attack police with a knife.

Ocgun was then rushed to the Haseki hospital where he is receiving treatment for his wounds.

The Turkish flag is seen as an important symbol of Turkish sovereignty and is revered and respected by all walks of life both in Turkey and among Turkic peoples around the world.

Another flag removal incident during riots in Turkey's mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir last month caused uproar when security forces refused to fire on the young man who had climbed up a security headquarters pole.

Last Mod: 28 Haziran 2014, 14:56
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