A protester wears a gas mask made out of a plastic water bottle as they try to march to a courthouse in Silivri, where a hearing on people charged with attempting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted government is due to take place August 5, 2013. A Turkish court on Monday began sentencing nearly 300 defendants accused of plotting to overthrow the government, handing prison sentences of up to 20 years to some and acquitting 21 others. The court was announcing the verdicts individually. Verdicts on high-profile defendants including former armed forces commander Ilker Basbug were yet to be announced. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTX12AUO

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