CHP's justice assembly to start in Çanakkale

Published 03.08.2017 00:22

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) continues the preparation for its justice assembly between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30 in the western province of Çanakkale.

CHP Vice Chairman Aykut Erdoğdu, who heads the committee, said the intention of the justice assembly is to give a voice to those who have been denied justice and to procure possible solutions to injustice.

"I expect the justice assembly will contribute to civil peace, to the development of democracy and to the economic, social and political development of Turkey," Erdoğdu said. In response to those asking why an assembly is needed, Tezcan had said: "[It is necessary] because our ancestors were solving their problems and state affairs by coming together with their people and holding such conventions."

The CHP is expected to contact Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş to hold the justice assembly in the historic Gallipoli area, where participants are expected to set up tents.

Explaining that Çanakkale is a special and sacred place for Turkey, Erdoğdu said the rules for the justice assembly in Çanakkale will be to be respectful to history and "alcohol will not be permitted in the camp area." Party emblems, banners and slogans will not be allowed in the assembly either.

An organization committee of six people was established to finalize the participation list. The committee will be in contact with institutions, civil initiatives and political parties to finalize the list. Tezcan previously said the justice assembly will be open to all who want to voice their concerns. Tezcan announced the justice assembly on July 31, saying that the CHP aims to answer the need for a platform where people from all segments of society can come and discuss justice in Turkey. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu previously completed his 430-kilometer justice march in order to draw attention to the arrest and imprisonment of CHP Deputy Enis Berberoğlu.

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