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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied outside the Maltepe prison in Istanbul on Sunday, after completing a 450 kilometre (280 mile) protest march from Ankara.

The “March for Justice” was called for by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

The protest started on June 15, after CHP Member of Parliament Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in prison for allegedly leaking “state secrets” to the press. He is imprisoned in Maltepe prison.

Berberoglu is the first CHP MP to be sentenced after last year’s successful parliament vote on lifting immunity for opposition MPs.

His conviction came on charges of espionage and revealing state secrets related to a Cumhuriyet article exposing the alleged transfer of weapons from the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to militant groups in Syria.

The rally was held nearly a year after Turkey’s failed military coup on July 15, high security precautions were implemented

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Daeshbags Sux
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2017-07-10 03:23
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“Cumhuriyet article exposing the alleged transfer of weapons from the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to militant groups in Syria.” => And as most of these groups are intimately linked to al-Qaeda or IS but it’s also a patented breach of UN charter. It’s gonna go MUCH further than a breach of state secret! Now Turkey’s in the light and falls under ICC jurisdiction! Worst of all : had the Turkish state simply denied this and done serious cleansing to cover this up, they could have got away with it. By having sentenced Berberoglu about this, it’s nothing else than… Read more »

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2017-07-10 05:27
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Erdogan will be in trouble when the EU cuts toll tariff union – but not before that.

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2017-07-10 07:15

I fear for Turkey. I pray for peace. Perhaps Erdogan will step down, and Turkey can step back from the brink of civil war.