Berkin Elvan's coffin being carried in Instanbul
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'My son died buying bread'

The father of a 15-year-old boy, who was killed after being hit by a tear gas canister in Istanbul, has said his son was not a "political symbol".

The father of a 15-year-old boy, who was killed after being hit by a tear gas canister in Istanbul, has said his son was not a "political symbol".

Berkin Elvan spent nine months in a coma after being struck in the head as he went to buy bread.

His death on Tuesday triggered violent protests in at least 32 towns and cities across Turkey.

The boy's father Sami Elvan told the BBC's Jamie Coomarasamy: "We don't want him to be remembered as a political symbol".

  • 12 Mar
  • From the section Europe