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All 49 lawyers were subsequently released, Doğan news agency reported. DHA photo

All 49 lawyers were subsequently released, Doğan news agency reported. DHA photo

Dozens of lawyers were detained for several hours by police at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse today for joining the Taksim Gezi protests, which have been raging across the country for 15 days now.

A Special Forces Unit intervened in a protest being held inside the Çağlayan Courthouse, leading to a number of lawyers falling to the ground. This was the third such protest held by the lawyers to support the Gezi protesters in Taksim.

All 49 lawyers were subsequently released, Doğan news agency reported. Around 100 lawyers went to the police station to demand the release of their colleagues.

The Ankara Bar Association said the lawyers had been detained by the police today while issuing a press statement on the protests in Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse.

“The detainment of the lawyers at the courthouse by force brings the question of what kind of a ‘democratic regime’ we are living in,” said the bar in a statement sent to the Hürriyet Daily News.

The Ankara Bar asked who else could have safety and guarantees over property in a country where lawyers are taken from a courthouse by police. It also said it would follow the issue closely and that it would protect the rights of the detained lawyers, who belong to the Istanbul Bar Association.

Meanwhile, the Turkish branch of Amnesty International condemned police violence via its Twitter account today. “We condemn shameful and brutal police violence. We repeated our justice demand in a meeting with [the] Istanbul governor,” it stated.


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Tekion Particle

6/12/2013 10:19:06 PM

And yet he is still in charge and there is no voice within AKP challenging him. Do they want to go down with him?


6/12/2013 7:44:08 PM

Eric does not get it.


6/12/2013 10:21:27 AM

Lawyers being arrested for joining Gezi protests? Surely, this is the end of the rope for Erdogan's crazy strategy. Its so embarrassing..........

mara mcglothin

6/12/2013 5:42:24 AM

ERIC Please be advised the free word got a good look at who hates whom via LIVE coverage on CNN. Same old same old Backward PM pushing his weight around a people from ALL walks of life have finally had enough. Sure there are Kemalists, seculaists, nationalists, and even children of the ruling party involved. This isn't about any one party, it is about people wanting democracy.

Geir Fugleberg

6/12/2013 1:19:08 AM

The danger lies in what Mr E will do when he realises that he is getting increasingly isolated even whitin his own party. Mr Es interest lies in his own survival,not with AKP and certainly not with Turkey.This is the classic thought pattern of a midle eastern strongman.I believe it is quite possible that he will mobilise the more primitive elements of the AK party against the rest.and use all means for his survival. That does not bode well for Turkey,its a Afghan warlord strategy.

american american

6/12/2013 12:33:38 AM

no eric, students eventually rule with class. footballers are just rash. erdoganekon the only post modern coup in town

Eric Martin

6/11/2013 10:17:15 PM

Yes, now the real intentions come out. The unions and the groups who hate Erdogan! Same ole same ole. Same people that support CHP and military juntas- Doctors,Lawyers, university students. Students were pure proxy for leftists. They view themselves as the ruling class. Please shutup.

Red Tail

6/11/2013 10:06:15 PM

We are already at the top of the World Ranking "Number of Journalists in Prison". And now it seems like we will also top the list "Number of lawyers in prison". If this does not send warning signals to Turkish voters and foreign countries, then I do not know how a warning signal looks.

dogan kemal ileri

6/11/2013 8:22:54 PM

RTE you've been a great leader for Turkiye but since you have slowed down the reforms Turkiye was enjoying you have changed your agenda which will prove disasterous for you personally and for your party.Surely you must rule this great country of ours democratically which means you must support the other 50% who didn't vote for you.The constitution and the Kurdish issues must be prioratised and completed asap.Reforms must be accelerated and the parliamentary,judicial and military immunity must go

Jarman Hani

6/11/2013 7:45:19 PM

Never seen a country ruining itself at such high speed. All thanks to one man.
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