In Istanbul, millions of Turks have answered a call by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to protest against last month’s coup attempt, according to organisers and police.
The massive rally is seen as a show of strength for Erdogan, criticised by the West for his sweeping purges and crackdown on dissent in the wake of the failed takeover.
Almost five million people join historic 'Democracy and Martyrs' Rally' in Istanbul, according to police pic.twitter.com/d5AaPmOr16— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) August 7, 2016
Turkey's Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup – Reuters https://t.co/dvmQSfwvhU— David داود 席暐倫 ∂ª≤∂ (@DavidThinkr) August 7, 2016
Banners read “You are a gift from God, Erdogan” or “Order us to die and we will do it”.
The so-called Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” caps three weeks of nightly demonstrations by his supporters.
Two of Turkey’s main oppositions parties attended, but the pro-Kurdish HDP party was not invited.
United we stand!
4 million people
pro-democracy rally in Istanbul (& >100K in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gaziantep?src=hash">#Gaziantep</a>) - the largest in Europe <a href="https://t.co/h0Ib5KIhhn">pic.twitter.com/h0Ib5KIhhn</a></p>— Mehmet Simsek (memetsimsek) August 7, 2016