Turkey: Opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Tens of thousands of Turks came out in force in an Istanbul suburb Sunday in a direct challenge to their president as they called for an end to a state of emergency that has been in place since a failed coup in July 2016. The mammoth protest — organized by the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP — was a rare display of public dissent in a country where tens of thousands have been jailed as part of a systematic post-coup purge of dissidents and other government opponents. Even small demonstrations in central Istanbul have often been met with a harsh police response. But Sunday’s rally, which organizers claimed drew more than a million people, marked a triumphant end to a march started by opposition leaders in Ankara three weeks ago.” (07/10/17)