Mil­lions rally for Er­do­gan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

OP­PO­SI­TION lead­ers and vast crowds of or­di­nary Turks ral­lied be­hind Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan in a huge show of unity against the plot­ters of last month’s failed coup.

The mas­sive pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tion on Au­gust 7 trans­formed the city’s Yenikapi Square into a heaving sea of red and white Turk­ish flags with many tak­ing part wear­ing head­bands em­bla­zoned with Mr Er­do­gan’s name.

Mr Er­do­gan was joined at the grand “Democ­racy and Mar­tyrs” rally by the main op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party leader, Ke­mal Kil­ic­daroglu, and Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party leader Devlet Bahceli.

Pro-gov­ern­ment me­dia said at least 3 mil­lion at­tended the gath­er­ing held un­der tight se­cu­rity with 15,000 po­lice on duty.

Mr Er­do­gan said that the move­ment run by United States-based preacher Fethul­lah Gulen and blamed by Ankara for the July 15 coup at­tempt would “pay a price for what they have done”.

And he said that po­lit­i­cal par­ties would re­spect the will of the peo­ple if they wanted the re­turn of the death penalty.

“If the nation makes such a de­ci­sion [in sup­port of the death penalty], I be­lieve po­lit­i­cal par­ties will abide by this de­ci­sion,” Mr Er­do­gan said. –

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