Turkey charges 36 Gezi protesters with terrorism
Turkey charges 36 Gezi protesters with terrorism

Turkish prosecutors said they have charged 36 protesters with terrorism over mass anti-government demonstrations that swept the country last year.

Hurriyet newspaper reported that they face a range of charges including being a member of a terrorist organization, illegal possession of hazardous material and terrorist propaganda .The suspects face between three and 58 years in prison if convicted.

The indictment said “protests that began in May went beyond a democratic reaction and turned into propaganda and demonstration outlets of terrorist organisations with the guidance of marginal groups”, adding “as a result, public property was destroyed, civil servants were incapacitated and security forces were injured”.

It was not clear whether those indicted Friday were among 255 people who were also charged in December over the unrest.

The June demonstrations began as a protest against the planned destruction of an Istanbul park known as Gezi but snowballed into a nationwide outpouring of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.

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