Istanbul police detain protestors in leftist-socialist rally

Turkish police on Saturday detained a number of people linked to left and socialist organisations demonstrating for increased democracy and transparency amid claims of government corruption, BirGün newspaper reported.

The protestors, who gathered along the pier of Kadıköy district chanting calls for an end to Turkey’s " mafia rule,’’ and exploitation and oppression, were met with police intervention, the newspaper said. 

Police called on the protesters to disperse, taking into custody those who refused to comply and continued chanting, it said.

The protest arrives as Turkey is rattled by a series of unsubstantiated allegations by convicted mob boss Sedat Peker, targeting several prominent individuals, including leading figures in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). 

The charges range from drug smuggling and corruption to murder to rape, with the accused strongly denying the allegations.