Police came at night

The Ankara municipality has waited the Feast of Sacrifice to launched the construction of a controversial road project crossing through the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus. They knew most students would not be in the camp these days, due to holiday.

And they acted then: construction teams and heavy duty machines entered the ODTÜ campus on Friday night.

The police were escorting the workers and floodlight projectors while a helicopter was used to lighten the construction site. The students were alerted via social nets and gathered at the campus, but police immediately attacked them. Tear gas were thrown at students and water cannons were used.
The controversial plan would mean the destruction of some 3,000 trees, with two roads cutting through ODTÜ land.


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