Clashes at protest for slain Turkish teenager

People run away from tear gas the Turkish anti-riot police fired on March 11, 2016 in Istanbul as people gathered to mark the second anniversary of the death of the youngest victim of the Gezi Park protests (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration on Friday in honour of a teenager whose death two years ago helped mobilise opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Police and far-left activists armed with rocks and petrol bombs clashed in the Istanbul district of Okmeydani, where Berkin Elvan hailed from, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

After 269 days in a coma Elvan died aged 15 at an Istanbul hospital on March 11, 2014, after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police as mass anti-government protests swept Istanbul in June 2013.

His story gripped the nation and became a symbol of the heavy-handed tactics used by police to rein in the biggest protests that Erdogan had faced since coming to power in 2003.

When he died, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Turkey's major cities to protest against Erdogan.

Friday's demonstration saw around 200 people gather with Elvan's family at the cemetery where he was buried to demand the truth about his death.