On Friday, Hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul’s main court to support an opposition politician sentenced to 17 years in prison for a series of tweets criticizing the government.
Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s Istanbul branch, is accused of “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017.
She played a key role in the victory of newly elected Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu this week, the first time the CHP has run the city for 25 years.
Imamoglu told reporters the case against Kaftancioglu was one of “political interference”.
“It is an attempt to restrict rights and freedoms. I will always stand by her,”
Supporters outside the court chanted “Down with Fascism” and waved placards saying “We are thirsty for justice”.
Kaftancioglu’s tweets include a censure of Erdogan and criticism of the death of a 14-year-old boy who was shot by a tear gas grenade during the massive “Gezi Park” protest in 2013.
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10 April, 2020