People hold placards read "Justice" as they shout slogans on June 15, 2017 in Istanbul during a demonstration to protest the jailing of one of its MPs. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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Several thousand people took to the streets of Turkey's two biggest cities Thursday to protest against a 25-year prison sentence handed down to an opposition lawmaker on spying charges.A court sentenced Enis Berberoglu, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), on charges of military espionage Wednesday. Eleven lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have been jailed over terrorism charges since last year, including the party's two leaders, according to the HDP.Some 160 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, according to the journalists union, and authorities have shut down 130 media outlets since the failed coup.Turkey Thursday sentenced a U.N. war crimes judge to seven years and six months in prison on charges of "membership in a terrorist organization," an international court in The Hague said.Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay has been held in Turkey since September, one of tens of thousands of Turkish officials arrested in the crackdown.
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