Activists protest in Turkey over life sentence for rights activist, philanthropist

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Activists protest in Turkey over life sentence for rights activist, philanthropist
Western allies have called for the release of Osman Kavala after a Turkish court found him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government.
By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
Published: APRIL 27, 2022

The West’s response to Turkey’s human rights violations will be more muted due to its increased influence over the parties to the war in Ukraine, analysts told The Media Line, as hundreds protested Tuesday evening over the life sentence handed down for one of Turkey’s most high-profile political prisoners.

Protesters gathered near Istanbul’s Taksim Square a day after a Turkish court found Osman Kavala, a philanthropist and civil rights activist, guilty of attempting to overthrow the government by financially supporting anti-government protests. Seven other civil rights activists each were sentenced to 18 years in prison for assisting Kavala. The accusations centered around the 2013 anti-government Gezi Park protests, which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed were meant to overthrow the government, similar to the country’s 2016 failed coup attempt.

Kavala, 64, who has been held behind bars while awaiting trial for more than four years, has maintained his innocence. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization Anadolu Kültür, which promotes peace and dialogue through cultural and artistic projects.

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