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Turkish Student Protests Against Erdogan Spread: CNN-Turk

Student protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spread after students clashed with police during Erdogan’s visit to a university in Ankara last week, CNN-Turk television reports today. * Students in Istanbul break into Galatasaray university, blocking dean from leaving: Hurriyet newspaper * Erdogan, speaking in Ankara before meeting the dean of Middle East Technical University today, said university students were setting car tires on fire and learning how to make firebombs: state TV * METU dean will also meet President Abdullah Gul today: state-run Anatolia agency * Students from Hacettepe and Ankara universities joined students at METU in protest: Anatolia * NOTE: Students at METU began boycotting lessons after Erdogan’s visit there sparked protests and clashes on Dec. 18 * NOTE: Presidents of Galatasaray, Istanbul Technical, Mimar Sinan and Marmara are among university leaders who issued a statement condemning student violence at METU, leading to counter-statements by some teachers groups saying that view didn’t represent them * NOTE: Erdogan said student rally on Dec. 18 attempted to overshadow a ceremony to launch a Turkish satellite from China * NOTE: A head injury sustained by a student hit by a smoke bomb during the rally triggered protests and boycott of lessons