Main opposition CHP to launch 'justice march' after MP's arrest
AA photoThe main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will stage a march from Ankara to Istanbul called the “justice march” on June 15, in a bid to protest the arrest of party deputy Enis Berberoğlu, CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has announced.
Speaking at a press conference at the party's headquarters on June 14, CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu stated that he would be in Ankara's Güvenpark at 11:00 a.m. with a banner in his hand reading "Justice."
"We will start our march in Güvenpark at 11 a.m. tomorrow," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“We want justice,” he said. “Until democracy and justice comes to this country.”
In a separate live interview with private broadcaster CNN Türk late on June 14, Kılıçdaroğlu said the party would stage a march from Ankara to Maltepe prison in Istanbul where Berberoğlu is currently held.
“I will do this. I will march. One, five or 10 people may come behind me and that is another thing, but I will walk until justice is secured in this country. We have to do this,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
The march will continue non-stop and will not end only at prison, he said, adding that the struggle would continue until justice is secured.
When asked about a possible ban by the governor’s office, he said the whole world would thus witness the shame of such an action.
Kılıçdaroğlu also stressed that those who ordered the arrest of Berberoğlu will be trapped under that decision.
"[Berberoğlu] has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without any evidence. What kind of a mentality or law is that? We never accept that. Those who made that decision will be trapped under it," Kılıçdaroğlu said.
"We living a process that the real criminals are not put on trial but the innocent are tried and jailed," he added.
Berberoğlu, who became the first CHP lawmaker to be handed prison time, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on June 14 accused of providing daily Cumhuriyet with video purporting to show Turkey’s intelligence agency trucking weapons to Syria.