A Turkish court ruled on Monday that 19 suspects out of 239 detained over unrest on May Day to be jailed on charges of “terrorist organisation membership, throwing molotov cocktails, damaging public property, and violation of laws on holding demonstrations.”
Remaining 51 detained suspects who were also referred to court were released as judicial controls apply to them. In addition, the court issued a travel ban on the released suspects.
On May Day, protesters had launched a nationwide call urging to meet at public squares, particularly at Istanbul’s Taksim square despite ban imposed by the Istanbul governorate.
As protesters insisted on entering the square on May Day, clashes occurred between the rioting demonstrators and the police forces.
Before the trial which was held in Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse, lawyers of the suspects attempted to hold a press meeting which security forces intervened.
The lawyers were later allowed inside the courthouse once the issue was cleared.