Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Turkish police 'attack' protesting lawyers at courthouse, many arrests

Turkish police have taken in custody several dozen lawyers for joining the ongoing protests. 

The arrests in Istanbul come as police launched a crackdown on protesters in the city’s Taksim Square.

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The lawyers were seized at the Caglayan Courthouse on Tuesday by troops of the special forces unit, reports Hürriyet Daily News.

Посмотреть изображение в ТвиттереThe newspaper says at least 20 people have been arrested, while other sources put the number as high as 50.

Witnesses said the police were acting harshly in overpowering the lawyers. Some described the entire operation as a blatant attack by the police troops.

Around 100 Turkish lawyers have gathered outside the police station demanding that their colleagues be released.

The lawyers were arrested hours after Turkish riot police marched into Taksim Square, a place of mass anti-government rallies for the last 10 days.

Посмотреть изображение в ТвиттереThe troops used tear gas and water cannons to prevent activists from entering the area. Officials said the move was necessary to remove barricades, banners and graffiti left by the protesters.

Avukatlar polis otolarına götürülüyor.. pic.twitter.com/yhXLL78sPXПосмотреть изображение в Твиттере

@AnonMx_DF More than 50 lawyers are being arrested in Caglayan Court House for protesting the intervention at Taksim. pic.twitter.com/LFFfz1xccc
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Turkish police arrested more than 70 LAWYERS for protesting the government. pic.twitter.com/lp1biktDMt
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