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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Turks gather for death protest

Published 29/06/2013 | 20:02

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Defendants were accused of being part of ultranationalist group called Ergenekon, which prosecutors say plotted to kill the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) and stage a coup d’état

Thousands have gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square, demanding justice for a protester killed by police fire during demonstrations which have swept Turkey this month.

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The protesters also denounced the killing of a Kurdish demonstrator by paramilitary police in a mainly Kurdish town a day earlier.

A brutal police crackdown on a peaceful environmental sit-in ignited the nationwide protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

Four people have died during nearly three weeks of demonstrations.

The demonstrators in Taksim were angry over a court decision that released a police officer from custody pending his trial for the killing of a protester in Ankara.

Earlier hundreds in southeast Turkey attended the funeral of the Kurdish youth, who was shot while protesting the construction of a military post.

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