Turkey Puts Anti-Government Protesters on Trial


More than two dozen anti-government protesters went on trial in Turkey on Thursday, accused of organizing last year’s 2013 demonstrations which turned against the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

An Istanbul court began hearing the case against 26 members of the Taksim Solidarity umbrella group, who are accused of leading the protests that erupted in June 2013 and posed the biggest challenge yet to Erdogan’s 11-year rule.

The 2013 protests started as a small environmentalist movement to stop the re-development of Istanbul’s Gezi Park and quickly blew up into wider nationwide demonstrations against Erdogan’s government that left at least eight people dead and some 8,000 injured after police brutally cracked down on protesters.

Source: Alahadnews