Thousands Protest Turkish Coup Plot Trial.
Many of the protesters tried to break through barricades mounted around the courthouse in Istanbul's outskirts on Monday, shouting anti-government slogans, AP reported.
The defendants, meanwhile, were delivering final defense statements at the trial that is nearing its end. Sixty-four of them, including journalists, politicians and retired generals, face life prison terms for their involvement in an alleged pro-secularist plot in 2003 aiming to foment chaos and trigger a military takeover.
Critics charge the trial is based on feeble evidence and is a government ploy to muzzle secularist opponents.
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