The “March for Justice” is at its sixteenth day. This demonstration is led by the leader of the Turkish Republican Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu, despite the summer temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.
480 km on foot to go from Ankara to the Maltepe Prison in Istanbul, where Enis Berberoglu is incarcerated since last June 14th.
THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN is accused of sending to the newspaper Cuhmuriyet photos showing the shipment of Turkish weapons into Syria through trains operated by the Turkish intelligence services (MIT), a fact long denied by the government in power.
Thousands of marchers are in this trek, devoid of symbols of political parties and groups, including prominent members of civil society like the Attorney Association of Izmir, the national medical union, in addition to the families of those who lost their lives during the Gezi Park protests in 2013.
Other important personalities outside the CHP sphere are also taking part, like Abdullatif Sener, a founding member of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), who has been accused of having politicized the judicial system of the country and to have destroyed its independence thanks to the purges initiated after the attempted coup of July 2016.
ALONG THE PATH, there have been actions in solidarity with professor Nuriye Gulmen and teacher Semih Ozakca, jailed after protesting against the loss of jobs who are on an indefinite hunger strike. “With the media completely under the control of the government, we have to take the streets back,” said Kilicdaroglu. In fact, the opposition newspapers and television stations are silent, on their pages and screens there are no news about the march.
This journey to Istanbul has some obstacles, like the tons of manure discharged on the road by unknown citizens opposed to the initiative.
Much more worrying, however, is the cartridge case found along the roadside near Duzce.