Turkish protesters break into Egyptian consulate in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Some Turkish demonstrators broke into the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul on Monday night when hundreds of them were protesting against an Egyptian court’s earlier decision to sentence some 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.

An eyewitness said more than 1,000 demonstrators staged protests in the front of the consulate. Five of them climbed on the wall of the building and two jumped into the consulate yard. They were detained by security guards.

Some other protesters threw stones into the consulate, while the Turkish police did not make any intervention, according to the eyewitness.

The protest was organized by the Platform of Solidarity, consisting of Egyptian people and numerous Turkish non- governmental organizations.

Earlier in the day, an Egyptian court sentenced 683 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, including its top leader Mohamed Badie, to death over assaulting and murdering police at Al-Adwa town in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya last year.

Turkey and Germany on Monday expressed concerns over the death sentences.

“I see such sentences as a major damage for the future of the country. Egypt needs stability. I hope these sentences will not be imposed and the suspects will be released,” Turkish President Abdullah Gul said at a press conference with visiting German President Joachim Gauck in the capital Ankara.

Gauck said that Germany rejects the death penalty, noting that they were seriously concerned over the court rule in Egypt. “More superior judiciary should be maintained especially in this kind of transition periods,” he said. (CihanXinhua)