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    NGO denIes support for ’RepublIc rallIes’

    Hürriyet Daily News
    25.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme: 24.04.2009 - 18:32

    ISTANBUL - The Republic rallies planned by several nongovernmental have nothing to do with the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or ÇYDD, said the nongovernmental organization.

    The group, which was the target of a police raid as part of the controversial Ergenekon case last week, released a statement on its Web site Friday noting that it would not support the May 17 Republic rally scheduled to take place in Ankara on May 17.

    The Ergenekon case started after the discovery of 27 hand grenades on June 12, 2007, in a shanty house in Istanbul's Ümraniye district that belonged to a retired noncommissioned officer. The resulting investigation led to scores of detentions, with prosecutors alleging the existence of an illegal gang that aimed to topple the government by instigating a coup after initially spreading chaos.

    Earlier bombings of daily Cumhuriyet office in Istanbul, the murder of Hrant Dink, the murder of the top judge of the Council of State and alleged plans for the assassination of high-profile figures in Turkish politics are sometimes associated with the case.

    Last week’s detentions as part of the Ergenekon case were criticized when a respected academic was arrested and the home of a leader of ÇYDD was searched.

    Milliyet daily reported Thursday that several NGOs were planning to revive the Republic rallies that took place in 2007 against the government’s policies perceived as a threat to secularism and democracy. Several of the organizers of the 2007 rallies are in prison as part of the Ergenekon case.


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