Riot police stand guard in front of the Russian Consulate as Circassians living in Turkey gather to protest against Sochi Winter Olympics in Istanbul February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Four policemen went on trial amid tight security in Turkey on Monday, accused of beating to death a 19-year-old student in the huge anti-government protests that rocked the country last June.The high-profile court case comes as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan battles his biggest crisis in 11 years in power, which has hit the economy and is threatening the strongman's presidential ambitions. The case centres on the death of Ali Islmail Korkmaz, who died after being pummelled with baseball bats and truncheons in the western city of Eskisehir on June 2, one of one of six people to perish as three weeks of protests convulsed the country of 76 million.Apart from a trial that began last year of a policeman -- facing five years -- for allegedly shooting dead a demonstrator in Ankara, police officers in the dock over the June violence has been a very rare sight.
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