An estimated crowd of one million gathered on the outskirts of Istanbul to show their support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party.
It was the second consecutive rally which was planned, it is claimed to kick off the campaign for local elections next year. Instead the rallies have become a defiant show of support to the protesters and the watching world.
“The people are here where are the looters,“chanted his flag waving supporters.
And from the prime minister before he addressed the crowd a challenge to the international media.
“If there is anyone who wants to see an image of Turkey the photograph is here. International media, try to hide this one,” he tweeted.