Turkey’s Court Acquits 26 Leaders of Taksim Protests in 2013

An Istanbul court has acquitted 26 people charged with offences including formation of a criminal group for their role in organising protests in 2013 against the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The 26 suspects were all leaders of Taksim Solidarity, an umbrella group of civil society, union and political groups that was at the forefront of the demonstrations.

The activists, including doctors, architects and engineers, had been charged with setting up a crime syndicate, violating public order and organising illegal protests through social media.