A first in the world history! A football supporters group Çarşı is standing trial, attempting to overthrow the government through coup d’etat in Turkey

As related to occupy-Gezi events in June 2013, 35 people who are members of Beşiktaş football teams supporter group Çarşı appeared in court Dec 16, 2014 due to the charges “to attempt to eliminate Turkey Republic Government or to prevent government’s tasks partly or completely with using force and violence. Defendants’ defenses continue at first case.

The interesting and tragicomic dialogues are between defendants Çarşı members and judge who is president of court as follows.

“This would be your first yellow card”

The judge has made an interesting offer to the defendants:
“Now, you understand football”, he said with pointing the law of “supervised release” and added:
“Accept this charges and this would be your first yellow card. And you don’t take the second yellow card in 5 years.”
However the defendants wanted acquittal, saying they don’t lean towards this offer.

“We are going to displacement hall.”

There was so large crowd of supporters in Istanbul court, the court room has changed. Beşiktaş lawyers said “We don’t fit into this room, let’s go the big saloon.”
“The people who are not the defendant’s lawyers and relatives get out the hall” the words of Court board, supporters and lawyers protested with applause. A result of the reactions the court has decided to change the room.
The supporters said when they changed the court room:
“We are going to displacement hall.”

“If we had the power for coup d’etat, we would have made the league champion to Beşiktaş.”

Judge- Are you the leader of the organization, did you help to coup d’etat even if just a bit?
Defendant-Nobody give orders to the others in Çarşı. We are against coup d’etat. If we had the power for coup d’etat, we would have made the league champion to Beşiktaş. You would ask the questions based on concrete things, not over the phone records.

“I had no driver’s license, I can not drive TOMA”

Judge- My son, you said that we have captured the TOMA(police water cannon vehicle)
Defendant- Mr. Judge, I had no driver’s license at the time, I can not even ride a bike.

“We have a match with Liverpool. I want my lifting a ban on leaving the country”

One of the defendants in the defense concerning the telephone conversation recording:
“When I said that I die in here or I will resist on the phone to my girl friend, I wanted to make a show of her. The thing in the bottle which was found is water, not explosive. I have a request; I am fan of Beşiktaş. We have a match with Liverpool. Because of that I want my lifting a ban on leaving the country,” he said.

“My banners are world-renowned”

Another defendant:
“I didn’t join in any walk. I didn’t come face to face with police. I am one of 2-3 people who established Çarşı. My banners are world-renowned. I use masks when I made the banner. The masks which found in my house are these,” he said.

In the same hours, Melda Onur, who is Istanbul deputy of CHP, which is one of the opposition political party in Turkey went up to the rostrum at Grand National Assembly of Turkey with Çarşı t-shirt to support to Çarşı group.

news source-

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/spor/164211/cArsi_darbeye_karsi.html

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/163829/iste_cArsi_grubunun_isim_isim_verdigi_ifadeler.html

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/foto/foto_galeri/163865/41/Cumhuriyet_objektifinden_cArsi_davasi.html

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