ANKARA, Turkey — Thousands of people on Saturday joined military wives to protest the trial of 196 officers accused of an alleged secularist plot to bring down Turkey's government.
Around 15,000 people gathered at the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish republic despite heavy rain. They shouted slogans denouncing the trial and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-oriented government.
The protest comes a week after a court in Istanbul ordered 163 of the 196 high-ranking retired and active-duty officers accused in the alleged conspiracy jailed pending the outcome of the trial.
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