Gezi Park protesters facing up to 6 years in jail

An investigation has been opened concerning 94 people who took part in the Gezi Park protests in Izmir more than two years after the events, with the suspects facing up to six years in prison.

Public Prosecutor Cevdet Aydemir opened the enquiry about 94 people who attended a protest in the western province of Izmir in June 2013, seeking prison terms up to six years for each with charges of violating assembly and demonstrations laws.

The Gezi Park incidents began as a peaceful protest against a shopping mall construction project in Istanbul’s central Taksim neighbourhood before turning into country-wide protests against the government.


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