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Protests have erupted after mass detentions across TurkeyERDEM SAHIN/EPA

The chairman of Amnesty International in Turkey has been detained and charged with “membership of a terrorist organisation” as part of President Erdogan’s continuing clampdown on dissidents after last year’s coup attempt.

Taner Kilic, was detained on Tuesday along with 22 other lawyers in the Aegean coastal province of Izmir, accused of having links with Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric blamed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan for instigating the botched takeover.

Amnesty said in a statement: “The Turkish prosecution’s decision to charge Taner Kilic … with ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’ is a mockery of justice, and highlights the devastating impact of the Turkish authorities’ crackdown following the failed coup attempt in July last year.”

Salil Shetty, secretary-general of Amnesty International, added that the charges “show…

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