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Istanbul rally called by Erdogan draws millions

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Istanbul rally called by Erdogan draws millions

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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.

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.

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