2 Turkish journalists injured in U.S. police raids on protests

Xinhua| 2020-06-03 14:13:40|Editor: Wang Xiaoyu
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ANKARA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Two journalists from Turkey's state broadcaster TRT World were injured in police raids during the protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.

Sally Ayhan, a Washington-based correspondent of TRT World, was injured in the chest and the leg by plastic bullets during live coverage, Anadolu said.

Another correspondent Lionel Donovan, along with the cameraman Barbaros Sayilgan, "came under attack" in Minneapolis, and Donovan was injured when a bullet targeted his groin, it added.

"Press freedom is the backbone of democracy. I will raise this issue with the relevant U.S. officials without delay," tweeted Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's presidential communications director.

Demonstrations and riots have spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota a week ago.