10 August 2013, via Today’s Zaman
Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into five deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for participating in Gezi-linked protests in Ankara.
Five CHP deputies sat in front of water cannon vehicles on Kennedy Avenue to prevent the police vehicles from dispersing the protesting a crowd numbering around 600.
The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched investigation into the incident, in which they claim CHP deputies Emine Ülker Tarhan, Nur Serter, Aylin Nazlıaka, İdris Yıldız and İzzet Çetin along with the Trade Union of Judges and Prosecutors (YARGI-SEN) chief Ömer Faruk Eminağaoğlu violated the law in their sit-in protest.
A motion provided to the prosecutor’s office by Ankara Police Department states that the deputies and Eminağaoğlu blocked the avenue to traffic, made incendiary and provocative speeches, supported the protesters and chanted slogans that fell under the category of a “crime.”
The prosecutors will prepare a motion to request to lift the immunity of the deputies. Eminağaoğlu, however, was called to the courthouse for an interrogation.
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