Turkey Rally against the Failed Overturn

Pro-government supporters chant slogans and wave Turkish flags as they protest against the attempted overturn, in Istanbul, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed overturn against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pro-government supporters chant slogans and wave Turkish flags as they protest against the attempted overturn, in Istanbul, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed overturn against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Several thousands supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have come together in Istanbul for the fifth straight day to rally behind the leader who survived the weekend’s military overturn.The protesters on Tuesday called for the return  of the death penalty. They chanted “we want executions!”Erdogan has said Turks want swift justice, adding he would not oppose the return of the death penalty if parliament approves it.

Speaking before Mr Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the rally that Mr Gulen would be brought to Turkey and made to pay the price for the overturn attempt.”Let all of you know, the leader of this terrorist group will come to Turkey and pay for what he did,” Mr Yildirim said.The leader of the main secularist opposition party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, told the rally that the coup had opened a “new door of compromise” in the country’s politics.”There is a new Turkey after July 15,” the Republican People’s Party leader said.

In a rare address to a public rally, the head of Turkey’s armed forces, Hulusi Akar, said “traitors” behind the attempted overturn would be punished in the harshest way, and thanked civilians for their role in defeating the uprising.




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