Justice march in Turkey for jailed lawmaker
17 June, 2017
Several thousand people took to the streets of Turkey's two biggest cities on 15 June 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 last Wednesday. It alleged he gave an opposition newspaper a video purporting to show Turkey's intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria.
More than 50,000 people have been imprisoned and over 150,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs.
Carrying banners that read "Justice", and waving Turkish flags, crowds started a 425 km march from the capital Ankara to the Istanbul jail where Berberoglu is being held. CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called the arrest lawless and motivated by the presidential palace, a reference to President Tayyip Erdogan. "Our march will continue until there is justice in this country," Kilicdaroglu told reporters before setting off.