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Erdogan Calls Attempt to Acquit Activist Kavala Tactical Move by 'Foreign Conspirators'

© AP Photo / Burhan OzbiliciTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to journalists at parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Erdogan said on Wednesday that time was running up for Syrian government forces to retreat from Syria's northwestern Idlib province and warned of an "imminent" Turkish intervention to force the retreat.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to journalists at parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Erdogan said on Wednesday that time was running up for Syrian government forces to retreat from Syria's northwestern Idlib province and warned of an imminent Turkish intervention to force the retreat. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that "foreign conspirators" whom he blamed for inciting anti-government protests in the country were behind the attempts to acquit Osman Kavala, a prominent Turkish businessman and human rights activist.
"An attempt to acquit Kavala is nothing but a tactical move by foreign conspirators like [US billionaire George] Soros, who are engaged in provoking protests against the legitimate governments of countries", Erdogan said during a speech to parliament, which was broadcast live by the Turkish NTV channel.

Erdogan compared the protests in Gezi Park with the attempted coup in July 2016 and said the riots caused serious damage to the national economy.

On Tuesday, Kavala was acquitted together with eight other suspects who were facing felony charges over 2013 protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park that later triggered nationwide anti-government rallies. Later that same day, the businessman was re-arrested by order of Istanbul’s prosecutor’s office over his alleged involvement in the failed coup of 2016.

© AP PhotoFILE - April 29, 2015 file photo of Osman Kavala, taken in Istanbul. Kavala, a Turkish businessman and activist who was arrested a year ago and no an indictment has been issued yet. Under global scrutiny, Turkey vows to get to the bottom of the alleged killing of a Saudi journalist at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. But some observers see a double standard in promises of transparency from a government accused of stifling freedom of expression.
Erdogan Calls Attempt to Acquit Activist Kavala Tactical Move by 'Foreign Conspirators' - Sputnik International
FILE - April 29, 2015 file photo of Osman Kavala, taken in Istanbul. Kavala, a Turkish businessman and activist who was arrested a year ago and no an indictment has been issued yet. Under global scrutiny, Turkey vows to get to the bottom of the alleged killing of a Saudi journalist at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. But some observers see a double standard in promises of transparency from a government accused of stifling freedom of expression.

The president regularly accuses Soros of sponsoring the 2013 protests, which began after the authorities announced plans to tear down Gezi Park, located next to Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, and build a shopping and entertainment center in its place. The rallies escalated into a wave of opposition protests organized in many other provinces and among diasporas abroad.

Charges were brought against public figures, journalists and entrepreneurs, including Kavala, for either attempting to overthrow the government by organizing the protests or for helping the organizers. The businessman was facing a life sentence without parole and spent more than two years in prison before his brief release on Tuesday.

In July 2016, a group within the Turkish armed forces launched a failed attempt to oust Erdogan, leading to mass arrests among the country's military, intelligence services and law enforcement.

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