>> Another trial in Turkey, another protest outside Istanbul's main courthouse. In the dock here on Wednesday, ten human rights campaigners including the Turkish head of Amnesty International on terrorism charges. Idil Eser and other activists including a German and Swedish national face up to 15 years in prison. They were detained in July after participating in a workshop on digital security held on an island near Istanbul.
There charges include membership in and aid to an armed terrorist organization.>> This is ostensibly a trial of ten human rights defenders attending a workshop on an island in Istanbul. But in fact, it's the Turkish justice system and the Turkish authorities that are on trial here today.>> I'm Edward Snowden.
>> NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, also weighing in on Twitter calling on people to stand up for human rights defenders in Turkey.>> Amnesty stood up for me when that was a hard thing to do, now it's time for us to stand up for them.>> This case has become a flashpoint in Turkey's tensions with its European allies.
Deepening concerns, a key NATO ally is sliding towards greater authoritarianism under President Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan says, a crackdown since last July's failed coup is essential to maintain stability. Protesters also gathering in Berlin, a cabinet minister in the German capital comparing Ankara's behavior to that of the former communist East Germany.