The Gezi Park protests against the Justice and Development Party (AKP), who hold a majority in the Turkish Parliament, continued for days throughout many cities across the country. The brutality used by the police left eight people dead and injured 8,000 more.Çarşı, the supporters group of Beşiktaş JK, were one of the more influential movements involved in the protests. 35 members – including the group's founder, Cem Yakışkan – were taken to court where they were accused of attempting to stage a political coup, domestic terrorism, resisting authority, and participation in illegal demonstrations.Prosecution attorney Adem Meral fought for life imprisonment for several Çarşı members, and three-year prison sentences for others in the group. On 29 December 2015, the accused were cleared of all charges, though Mr. Meral subsequently made an appeal to the Supreme Court.Cem Yakışkan believes that, in spite of their recent pardon, the group will find themselves back in court: "We laughed at the situation, so as not to cry," he explained. "The judge said, 'You are here for attempting to stage a political coup'. If we had the power to stage a coup, we would have used it to make Beşiktaş champions!"Yakışkan and other members of Çarşı expect to be charged eventually: "Let's not forget, we are in Turkey. We'll see what happens in the Supreme Court; the process isn't over yet."
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This isn't the first time that the Turkish government has interfered inside football grounds. In 2012, fans buying tickets were asked to sign a contract accepting the prohibition of particular mottos and slogans. The government commented on this, saying the measures were taken in order to avoid anti-government protests during football matches.In the formal accusation brought against Çarşı, it was explained that the group attempted to occupy the office of the former Prime Minister, now President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan stated that these actions were taken, "In order to highlight the apparent weakness in Government. They attempted to display an image evoking the changes in government that occurred during the Arab Spring. They attempted to bring down the established government of the Turkish Republic, using illegal methods."A formal document also states that the group stole an excavator in order to attack police cars near to where tear gas and water cannons were being used against the protesters. The prosecution accused them of possession of gas masks, torches and ammunition. It was also underlined that during a telephone conversation between protesters food was requested in order to sustain 'The people in the protest zone.'Human Rights campaigner Emma Sinclair-Webb says the accusations condemning the football supporters as enemies of the state are "false and ridiculous" and believes that "they should never have gone to tribunal".