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Monday 21 April 2014

Turks gather for death protest

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.

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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