World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned the leader of the main opposition party against making a planned protest march from Ankara to Istanbul, telling him "don't be surprised" if legal proceedings were opened.
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called the march after former journalist turned CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in jail on Wednesday for leaking classified information to a newspaper.
But Erdogan said his actions were damaging for the country and appeared to warn Kilicdaroglu he could even face legal troubles.
"Calling people out onto the street is neither good for them or for the country," Erdogan told a business conference in Istanbul.
"Wandering around with a 'justice' placard in your hand is not going to bring justice. If you are looking for justice, then the place in Turkey to find justice is the parliament."
He added: "If the judicial authorities invite you in somewhere tomorrow then don't be surprised."
Kilicdaroglu, 68, has made the word "justice" the slogan of his march, clutching a stick with the word emblazoned on a card.
His plan is for the 450-kilometre (280 miles) trek to culminate at Maltepe prison in Istanbul where Berberoglu is being held.
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