In this photo taken Tuesday, June 5, 2018, people dance in front of an election campaign poster of Selahattin Demirtas, Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish politician and presidential candidate, in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial Wednesday over a campus protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's military campaign in Syria, bitterly rejecting the charges they had spread "terror" propaganda.Fourteen of the students have been held in jail since their initial detention in March when police stormed students' dormitories at Bogazici University, in a case that has outraged activists.The accused face jail terms of up to five years if convicted on charges of propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Doguscan Aydin Aygun, lawyer for the students, told AFP.Giving testimony in court, the students rejected the charges and argued shouting slogans against the government or in favor of promoting peace had nothing to do with the PKK.
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