Millions Gather in Istanbul for Historic Anti-coup Rally

The “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally”, has been described as the biggest and most crowded political gathering in Turkish political history. The rally took place on August 7th, August 2016 at Istanbul’s Yenikapı Square gathering people from different parts of Istanbul and Turkey at large. Dubbed the “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” in response to the late […]

The “ and Martyrs’ Rally”, has been described as the biggest and most political gathering in Turkish political history. The rally took on August 7th, August 2016 at Istanbul’s Yenikapı Square gathering people from parts of Istanbul and Turkey at large. Dubbed the “ and Martyrs’ Rally” in response to the late 15th July 2016 failed coup attempt, it was designed to represent the unity of Turkey as one nation.

Thousands of people have been gathering in squares and around the country since July 15, when a faction of the Turkish military attempted to seize control of the country. Due to forces loyal to the incumbent President as well as efforts of thousands of Turkish citizens who took to the on that , the attempted coup quashed.

The massive rally to retain democracy and peace in the country resulted in the President, Prime Minister and two main opposition leaders uniting against the coup attempt. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as well as the main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroğlu and Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahçeli were present at the rally.



Anti-coup Rally Istanbul

Erdogan had earlier announced that the rally was billed as a cross-party event representing Turkish unity. He urged those attending the rally to bring with them only the Turkish flag instead of the party banners. Consequently, the Yenikapı meeting area was transformed into a of and white representative of the Turkish flag.



The event began with a moment of silence for the 270 people who were lost their lives while opposing the coup. This was followed by the Turkish anthem and a recitation of prayers. Republican People’s Party leader Kilicdaroğlu and Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahçeli then addressed the rally before handing the stage to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and later on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The event was simultaneously broadcast on giant screens in provinces of Turkey while those in the major cities gathered together to watch the rally.

The event was simultaneously broadcast on giant screens in all Turkey’s provinces, and crowds of thousands gathered to watch in the major cities.







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