Four protesters detained at G20 demonstration

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Hundreds of people have marched in the Turkish city of Antalya in protest over the G20 summit.

Police detained four protesters who wanted to deliver a letter to the leaders.

A group of 500 youths belonging to a Turkish nationalist association marched in Antalya, holding up effigies of US President Barack Obama and denouncing US interventions in the Middle East.

Hundreds of members of Turkish left-wing groups and trade unions later held another protest denouncing the organisation which gathers the world’s wealthiest economies.

They marched in central Antalya carrying a banner that read in Turkish and English: “Killer, colonialist, imperialist war organisation G20 get out!”

Separately, members of Turkey’s ethnic Uighur community also gathered in the city to protest against China’s treatment of the Muslim minority. Chinese President Xi Jinping is among the G20 delegates.

The protests took place 25 miles away from the summit venue under heavy police presence.

Police detained four protesters who wanted to walk to the venue of the G20 summit to deliver a letter to participants.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said police blocked the four protesters from marching towards the venue, prompting them to hold a sit-down demonstration. Police detained the group and took them to a sports centre that has been turned into a temporary detention centre for protesters, the agency reported.

The summit is expected to be dominated by discussions about how the G20 nations will respond to the Paris attacks.

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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