Protesters in Turkey Jeer the Defendants of 2016 Coup Attempt

2016 Turkish no coup d'état attempt democracy protest, 17 June 2016.
2016 Turkish no coup d'état attempt democracy protest, 17 June 2016.

In Turkey, around 500 people accused of taking part in the coup attempt in last year have appeared in the court.

The alleged headquarter of the coup plotters, Akinci airbase events are being focused on the trial. The trial is taking place in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

Many protesters, some of whom related to those killed or wounded in the coup, jeered the defendants when they were being escorted into the courtroom.

Many in Turkey have been demanding death penalty for those who participated in the failed coup attempt in last year. Protesters outside the court chanted, “we want the death penalty.”

The convicted are supposed to get life imprisonment. But many in Turkey demands to reinstall death penalty for the coup plotters, something Turkey abolished in 2004.

A faction of Turkey military tried to seize the control of the country and oust the government in July 2016.  They planned to seize the power from President Erdogan, but the attempt was thwarted. When President Erdogan called on the people of Turkey to take to the street through a Face Time video message, thousands of people took to the street and foiled the coup overnight. The attempted coup left 249 people dead.

The convicted are supposed to get life imprisonment. But many in Turkey demands to reinstall death penalty for the coup plotters, something Turkey abolished in 2004.

President Erdogan of Turkey has been ever more supportive of reinstalling death penalty amid international outcry.

European Union has already warned Turkey that any such move would end Turkey’s candidacy to join the bloc.

Many in Turkey, suspected of having links with U.S. based cleric Fetullah Gulenare being tried. Mr. Gulen, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the attempted coup, is also being tried.

Turkish government arrested more than 50,000 people, sacked more than 150,000 government officers and has been accused of galvanizing the opposition in the name purging the coup supporters in the aftermath of the failed coup.


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