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Wrapped in a Turkish flag and holding an...Wrapped in a Turkish flag and holding another one with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a protestor sits in front of police forces blocking the access to a courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, on August 5, 2013, where clashes erupted after a court decision to sentence a former army chief and other top brass to life in prison in a high-profile trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, along with several other army officers, were sentenced to life in prison, while 21 people were acquitted, according to the verdicts issued so far. The trial has been seen as as a key test in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's showdown with secularist and military opponents during his decade-long rule. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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A protester sits in front of a police line blocking access to the courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, on Monday, where clashes erupted after the court handed down sentences in the Ergenekon trial of 275 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government Read more

Turkish riot police and secular protestors clash after hearing verdict of Ergenekon trial in Silivri, near Istanbul, Turkey 05 August 2013. Turkey's former military chief, Ilker Basbug, sentenced to life imprisonment, retired colonel Arif Dogan was sentenced to 47 years; former North Sea field commander Mehmet Otuzbiroglu was sentenced to 20 years and journalist Erol Manisali was sentenced to nine years.The defendants include military officers, journalists and academics accused of membership in Ergenekon, a right-wing underground organization that allegedly plotted to destabilize the government and stage a military coup.

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Turkish riot police clash with protesters following verdicts in the Ergenekon trial in Silivri, near Istanbul, one of the most politically charged trials in the country’s history

Ali Fuat Kalkan, a former Turkish screenwriter, enjoys his evening cigarette as he sits in a small alleyway in downtown Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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Ali Fuat Kalkan, a former Turkish screenwriter, enjoys his evening cigarette as he sits in a small alleyway in downtown Istanbul, Turkey.

A woman walks past an anarchy sign as she covers her face to protect from the tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. on July 8, 2013. Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of the unrest that engulfed the country last month.

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A woman walks past an anarchy sign as she covers her face to protect herself from the tear gas fired by riot police during a protest in Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul. Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of the unrest that has engulfed the country

Portugal's Joao Mario, right, and Ghana's Richmond Niketiah jump for the ball during their Under-20 World Cup round football match at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, central Turkey.

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Portugal’s Joao Mario, right, and Ghana’s Richmond Niketiah jump for the ball during their Under-20 World Cup round football match at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, Turkey

A rain soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing on the landmark Taksim square in central Istanbul on June 14, 2013. Anti-government protesters said on June 13 that they would remain in Istanbul's Gezi Park despite a "last warning" by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to evacuate the green patch at the centre of deadly anti-government unrest. The protest movement sprang up after police on May 31 brutally cracked down on a small campaign to save Gezi Park, sparking a mass outpouring of anger against Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, seen as increasingly authoritarian. Tens of thousands have since clashed with police in demos across Turkey, leaving some 5,000 people injured and four dead.

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A rain soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey on Friday. Read more

Turkish riot police rest in front of a damaged bank at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 June 2013. Turkish police took up posts 12 June around Taksim Square, a day after continuous clashes in which police tried to clear the central plaza of anti-government protesters. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to meet later 12 June with a group of public figures and artists to discuss two weeks of protests against his government.

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Turkish riot police rest in front of a damaged bank at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Turkish police took up posts around Taksim Square, a day after continuous clashes in which police tried to clear the central plaza of anti-government protesters. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to meet later with a group of public figures and artists to discuss two weeks of protests against his government.

A protestor flashes V sign in front of burning excavations during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  defended the police's latest show of force against demonstrators, as numerous arrests and injuries were reported in Turkey on 11 June after police and anti-government protesters clashed anew across Istanbul and authorities deployed tear gas, water cannon and armoured vehicles to clear demonstrators. In Istanbul's Taksim Square, which has become the centre of the anti-government protests, police moved in from the city's Besiktas district in the early morning, when only a few thousand demonstrators remained on the square after more than a week of occupation. Anti-government protests started there as a demonstration against a building project in the square's Gezi Park but have since grown into widespread condemnation of the government's conservative policies.

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A protester stands defiantly in front of burning wreckage during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday evening. Read more

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail a riot police during clashes at Taksim Square Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013. Turkey's crackdown on opposition protesters that reports said left at least two dead and more than 1,000 injured was 'truly disgraceful,' Amnesty International said 02 June, on a third day of the demonstrations. Demonstrations against the Islamic-conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began on 31 May when a police crackdown against a peaceful sit-in staged by environmentalists angered over a development project in Istanbul escalated into larger battles between law enforcement and demonstrators.

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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during clashes that raged for more than two hours in Taksim Square, Istanbul, on Tuesday. Read more

A Muslim man is seen after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara...A Muslim man is seen after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (TURKEY - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A man sits alone after Friday prayers in Kocatepe Camisi mosque in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday Read more