Around four hundred protesters flock to the streets of Istanbul on Thursday (September 12) to demonstrate against the ruling AK Party government following the death of a demonstrator in the southern province of Hatay.

Protesters ignited firecrackers and hurled petrol bombs at armoured vehicles while police retaliated with smoke grenades and water cannons.

Ahmet Atakan, 22, died in the early hours of Tuesday (September 10) at a demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's handling of nationwide protests this summer

The cause of his death was in dispute, with witnesses saying he suffered a blunt trauma to the head, while police said he fell from a rooftop.

Anti-government demonstrations have largely cooled since early July but there have been sporadic protests in Istanbul, Ankara and Hatay.

Tensions remain high in Hatay, a province of mixed ethnicities and religions that borders Syria, especially as the United States contemplates military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad over the suspected use of chemical weapons