Transsexual Turkish singer takes on the army

A popular Turkish transsexual singer who infuriated the country’s powerful armed forces by questioning a military campaign against Kurdish separatists told a court on Wednesday she would rather die than be silent.

Bulent Ersoy is on trial on charges of “turning the people against military service” in a case that has raised concerns about free speech in the European Union candidate, where criticizing the armed forces is taboo.

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