Sunday’s anti-terrorism rally in Istanbul made daily headlines Monday


World Bulletin / News Desk

The majority of the newspapers on Monday dedicated their front pages to Sunday’s anti-terrorism rally in Istanbul and the outcome of parliamentary elections in neighboring Greece.

Tens of thousands of flag-waving Turks gathered in the Istanbul's Yenikapi Square for the rally -- held under the banner “Millions of Breaths. One Voice Against Terror” -- in response to the latest wave of terrorist attacks. 

HURRIYET ran with the headline “One Voice Against Terror”. The daily called the gathering a "giant rally”.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Ismet Yilmaz and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for “unity and brotherhood”, the newspaper added.

“I assure all that Turkey will never take a step back from the point it has reached,” Erdogan told the crowd. “We will not allow any reversal of the process of national unity and brotherhood.”

“We are forever brothers,” was SABAH’s front-page headline.

It quoted Erdogan as saying, “I want a historic effort from you for the Nov. 1st [election]. I expect you to send 550 national and domestic deputies who will work for this country wholeheartedly.”

The Turkish parliament comprises of 550 deputies.

In last general election in June, the Justice and Development (AK) Party gained the largest share of parliamentary seats (258), insufficient though for a single-party majority (276 seats) to form a government on its own.

HABERTURK’s front-page headline read “Flag sea”, referring to thousands of Turkish flags waved during the rally.

Running a photo showing the rally area covered with red Turkish flags, the daily wrote that “Turks and Kurds are brothers” slogans were chanted. It also reported that families of martyrs were also at the rally.

Turkish newspapers also focused on the general election in neighboring Greece.

“Neighbor [Greece] said Tsipras again” was HABERTURK’s headline, while MILLIYET ran with “2nd chance for Tsipras”.

Alexis Tsipras declared victory on Sunday saying that his [Syriza] party was given a “clear mandate” at the early general election.

The leftist party secured 37 percent of the vote, the Interior Ministry said, giving it around 145 seats in parliament - six short of the majority needed to form a single-party government.

The victory is a boost for Tsipras and his battle to get Greeks to accept the reforms imposed as part of the financial package to pull the country out of economic crisis.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Eylül 2015, 11:36