Turkey readies cross-party rally to condemn coup, praise democracy

Supporters of President Erdogan hold Turkish national flags and a portrait of the president during a rally against the military coup on Taksim square in Istanbul on July 23, 2016Turkey readied Sunday for its first cross-party rally to condemn the bloody coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his government pressed on with a purge of suspected state enemies. The mass pro-democracy rally, to be held under tight security on Istanbul’s iconic Taksim square, was called by the biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People’s Party. “The Turkish republic is stronger than it was in the past,” wrote Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in an editorial in the HaberTurk daily.

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