Turkey: Thousands protest arrests of academics

by E Wayne Ross on April 20, 2009

AP: Thousands protest arrests in coup plot

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of people marched to the mausoleum of secular Turkey’s founder on Saturday to protest the arrests of university professors and other secularists accused of involvement in an alleged plot to topple the Islamic-rooted government.

More than 5,000 people, including students and university teachers in academic robes, waved Turkish flags, carried posters of Turkey’s late leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and chanted: “Turkey is secular and will remain secular!”