Over one million people gathered Sunday night in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul in a pro-democracy rally dubbed as “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally.”
The rally was held at a parade ground in response to the failed coup attempt on the night of July 15 and 16 that killed 239 people and injured about 2,200 others. It looked like a sea of red.
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his willingness to reinstate death penalty saying despite opposition from the European Union the people will support capital punishment.
Erdogan added that he has a mandate to sign the capital punishment into the law.
The rally was attended by leaders and supporters of the opposition Nationalist Movement (MHP) too as well as by the Republican People’s Party (CHP) apart from the AKP party of Erdogan.
CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said this is now a new Turkey after the July 15 coup failed attempt and they will be leaving a better country for their children.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the failed coup attempt has unified Turkey stronger than before.
Erdogan added architects of the coup missed the calculations about the faith and determination found among the people of Turkey.
Erdogan also thanked everyone present their for taking to streets on the night of July 15 and 16, making the coup attempt fail.
Erdogan said, “Sovereignty belongs to the nation. Without any condition. Since you are demanding the death penalty, the authority that will decide on this is the great Turkish national assembly.”
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