Video Commentary:  Turkey’s Number #1 Political Prisoner Osman Kavala



Turkey’s Number #1 Political Prisoner Osman Kavala


  • This week, Mr. Osman Kavala and 8 “accomplices” were found guilty of sedition. His conviction opened Pandora’s Box.


  • Background: Gezi Protests, 2016 coup attempt, and Osman Kavala.


  • WHY Do I call Kavala a “political prisoner”?


  • Are there others like him? Yes, thousands of innocents rotting in prisons for committing acts Erdogan doesn’t approve of.


  • Kavala’s sentencing could stoke a second Gezi protest.


  • Erdogan government lost all the good-will he generated in the West by his clever stance in Ukraine War.



Links for background reading


The Legacy of the Gezi Protests in Turkey, link here:…


2016 coup:  Turkey coup: What is Gulen movement and what does it want? Link here:…


Who is Osman Kavala? Link to Osman Kavala website:


Who is Selahaddin Demirtaş?  link to freedom of speech NGO here:…


Who is Metin Gurcan? IPS website:…


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.