Thousands on the streets to show support for Erdogan

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators
came out on the streets of Turkey’s
capital Ankara and other cities to show
support for the goverment in the wake
of a failed coup that grabbed world
attention.

On Sunday, huge crowds carrying
Turkish flags streamed into Ankara’s
Kizilay Square and Taksim Square in
Istanbul, the country’s biggest city,
after authorities called on the public to
stay vigilant.
A call from President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan that his supporters should
take to the streets in the early hours
of Saturday as the coup attempt
unfolded proved vital to defeating the
army faction behind it.
Speaking on Monday to throngs of
government supporters in Kizilay
Square, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
thanked the Turkish people for
defeating the coup in what he said was
a defence of democracy.
“No matter their political views, all
parties came together arm-in-arm
against the coup. They cried out
together,” Yildrim said. “This shows
that when the matter at hand is the
country, then everything else is
incidental.”

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