Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul

HDP announces it will join 'justice rally' in Istanbul's Maltepe

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul Sunday at the conclusion of a 400-kilometre pro-democracy march, with Turkey's main opposition leader demanding an end to the state of emergency and a reversal of the post-coup purge. Kilicdaroglu told the crowds who roared back with the cry "Justice!".

"But it will be too late for them", he added, saying that if violence spilled over Syria's border into Turkey, Ankara would hold to account anyone who supplied arms to the YPG.

As a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and EU candidate, Turkey lamented the lack of American and European solidarity, with Ankara seeing Brussels as more fixated on the ensuing crackdown than condemning the attempt to oust the democratically-elected government.

One man, who gave his name as Huseyin, said he had travelled from Ankara to protest the state of emergency. "This we can not accept".

The country has been in a state of emergency for nearly a year after a failed military coup.

The opposition as well as European countries have been criticizing the Turkish government for abusing its' power for some time now.

Tillerson said, "While we still have a lot of challenges ahead of us, this is an extraordinarily important relationship to the United States for many, many reasons that you would well understand, from a security standpoint to future economic opportunities, as well". She was with friends, all wearing T-shirts that read "justice" in Turkish.

HDP announces it will join 'justice rally' in Istanbul's Maltepe
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After completing his journey, Kilicdaroglu took the stage at Istanbul's Maltepe square where tens of thousands of his supporters carrying banners that read "Justice", and waving Turkish flags, cheered him on.

But the protest is also a sign that Turkey remains staunchly divided.

President Erdogan has accused the marchers of supporting terrorism. Separately, Erdogan's government has criticized America's support of Kurdish rebels during the conflict in Syria, as well as what it perceived to be a tepid condemnation of the coup's plotters.

This division has persisted in Turkey for some time.

Erdogan obtained a slim majority in the country's referendum last month to grant him sweeping new powers.

How much support does President Erdogan have? Global monitors slammed the referendum for being conducted on an uneven playing field. "It has come to a point where they are acting with terrorist organisations and the forces inciting them against our country", Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reported. No political logos are on display and he has called for Turks of all political affiliations to join.

In his speech on Sunday, Kilicdaroglu issued a list of demands including freeing the judiciary from the influence of the ruling party, releasing journalists from prison, and greater prosperity for all Turkish citizens.



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