Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
WEDNESDAY, 23 APR 2014
06:32 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
23 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Turkey to charge 18 more over protests
Agence France Presse
Members of Turkish leftist groups demonstrate on June 21, 2013 outside the courthouse in Ankara, demanding the release of all detainees. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
Members of Turkish leftist groups demonstrate on June 21, 2013 outside the courthouse in Ankara, demanding the release of all detainees. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
A+ A-

ISTANBUL: Turkey will charge 18 more people over recent mass anti-government protests, including with alleged membership in a "terror" group, lawyers and media said on Thursday.

The 18 were among the 90 members of the small leftist group, the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), who were arrested over the demonstrations that have presented Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the biggest challenge of his decade-long rule.

They will face charges of "membership in a terrorist organisation" and "damaging public property" and will face several years in prison if convicted, NTV reported.

The group is among several that has been active in the anti-government protests and its members were detained in a police raid on Tuesday, the Contemporary Lawyers Association (CHD) said.

They bring to at least 24 the number of people who will face charges over the demonstrations that infuriated Erdogan and that have earned Turkey criticism from the West. Most observers expect the number of those charged to rise.

Turkey has taken a tough stance against the tens of thousands of demonstrators who have been protesting since May 31 against Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, seen as increasingly authoritarian and conservative.

Police have used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to quell the demos, leaving thousands injured and four dead.

Doctor unions suspect heavy use of tear gas might have led to the death of two more people, whose bodies are still being examined.

Protests in Istanbul have evolved into passive demonstrations and political workshops but hundreds continue to clash sporadically with the police elsewhere in Turkey, including in the capital Ankara.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Turkey
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS