Thousands protest Turkish opposition politician’s conviction

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ISTANBUL, May 21 (Reuters) – Thousands gathered for a rally in Istanbul on Saturday to protest the conviction of leading Turkish opposition politician Canan Kaftancioglu for insulting the president and the state.

Demonstrators in the central district of Maltepe chanted songs and waved the opposition and national flags.

Kaftancioglu, who was sentenced to just under five years in jail, heads Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul branch and is one of the strongest voices in it. read more

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Canan Kaftancioglu, chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul branch, greets her supporters as she arrives at the party building in Istanbul, Turkey May 12, 2022. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

In 2019, she played a significant role in municipal elections in the city that saw the CHP take over the mayoralty, which had been held by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party and its Islamist…

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