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Thousands protest over coup trial

Published 08/04/2013 | 15:31

Turkish military police guard the court (AP)
Turkish military police guard the court (AP)

Police have used water cannon and pepper spray to disperse thousands of demonstrators who gathered outside a court Turkey in a show of solidarity with 300 people on trial accused of plotting to overthrow prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

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Many of the protesters tried to break through barricades mounted around the court in Istanbul's outskirts, shouting anti-government slogans.

The defendants, meanwhile, were delivering final defence statements at the trial that is nearing its end. Sixty-four of them, including journalists, politicians and retired generals, face life in prison for their involvement in an alleged pro-secularist plot in 2003 aiming to foment chaos and trigger a military takeover.

Critics say the trial is based on feeble evidence and is a government ploy to muzzle secularist opponents.

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