Protesters hold placards during outside the court house where the trial of eleven human rights activists is taking place in Istanbul on October 25, 2017. AFP / YASIN AKGUL
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Eleven human rights activists, including the two local heads of Amnesty International, went on trial in Turkey on Wednesday, accused of belonging to and aiding terror groups in a case that has increased concerns over Turkey's authoritarian turn under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The trial is one of several cases that have deepened a rift between Turkey and European nations, notably Germany, which considers Steudtner and some 10 other German or German-Turkish citizens jailed in Turkey to be political prisoners.Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 people since the failed coup and sacked at least 110,000 others from government jobs.
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