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Turkish court opens re-trial of Kavala, 15 others over 2013 Gezi protests

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By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court began the re-trial of philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others on Friday over their role in nationwide protests in 2013, a case critics and even Ankara’s Western allies say aims to quash dissent. Kavala and eight others accused of organising the Gezi Park protests, which began in Istanbul, were acquitted of all charges in February 2020 but an appeals court overturned that ruling in January. Kavala, who has been kept in detention for three-and-a-half years, is also accused of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt. Those charges were combined…

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