The Sixty-nine year old leader of the Turkish Workers' Party went on trial with more than three hundred other people on Istanbul on Saturday (19 May) charged with breaching the martial law curfew in the city.
GV PAN: troops patrolling crowd outside courthouse.
SV PAN: troops patrolling fence line
GV PAN: troops and military vehicles outside court. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: silver haired Behice Boran and other defendants in court.
MV: Counsel PAN TO defendants. (2 shots)
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Background: The Sixty-nine year old leader of the Turkish Workers' Party went on trial with more than three hundred other people on Istanbul on Saturday (19 May) charged with breaching the martial law curfew in the city. The charges arose from demonstrations held on May Day.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of leftist groups in Turkey attended the massed hearing of the cases against three hundred and thirty people arrested on May Day for defying the curfew. Security at the court-room was tight as the defiant defendants came to trial.
The Martial Law command expressed regret at confining Istanbul's 4.5 million people to their homes during a 29-hour May Day curfew. The clamp-down came after trade union chiefs called on workers to hold May Day rallies. Many marched in defiance of martial law.
The silver-haired Mrs Behice Boran is the principal defendant. She is the chairman of the pro-Moscow Turkish Labour Party and although it has no elected deputies it is reported to be a significant party in Turkish politics, representing Marxists in a Country where communism is banned by law. Turkey has been racked by factional political disputes for two years, and martial law introduced in many centres is designed to reduce the violence.