In Turkey 26 people have appeared in court accused of organising anti-government protests. The charges against them could include belonging to a terrorist organisation and destruction of public property.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the courthouse to show support. Many of them were chanting slogans such as “We will never give up”.
Human rights groups say more than 3,000 people have been detained, questioned and released since the protests started.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kicked off a weekend of rallies urging his supporters to stand firm and back him at the municipal polls next March.
He has dismissed the protesters as “riff-raff manipulated by terrorists”. His response has drawn international criticism, including from Germany.
A diplomatic row has now broken out between the two countries after Germany blocked moves to restart talks on Turkey becoming a member of the EU and Turkey accused Angela Merkel of using Turkish unrest as fodder for next year’s elections in Germany.