Start of court cases highlights climate of repression

This week, 150 academics in Turkey are facing trial under draconian emergency laws for signing a petition calling on the government to end the war against Kurdish insurgents. Solidarity demonstrations were held at the start of these trials as a show of support for those in court. These workers are only some of the tens of thousands that have been dismissed from their jobs following the failed coup last year. Some, like Uraz Aydin, face additional charges of ‘terrorist propaganda’.