Turkey violated rights 'on huge scale' during protests: watchdog
ISTANBUL (AFP) - The Turkish authorities committed "gross human rights violations" during anti-government protests that rocked the country in June, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday.
"The attempt to smash the Gezi Park protest movement involved a string of human rights violations on a huge scale," Mr Andrew Gardner, the London-based watchdog's Turkey expert, said in a statement.
"They include the wholesale denial of the right to peaceful assembly and violations of the rights to life, liberty and the freedom from torture and ill-treatment," he added.
What started as a relatively small environmentalist movement to save Istanbul's central Gezi Park from re-development evolved into a nationwide wave of protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seen as increasingly authoritarian.