Millions still keep night vigil for democracy

By sunset, millions cheering and waving Turkish flags are pouring into the streets in country-wide defiance of Gülenist extremists, who attempted to topple the government

Millions still keep night vigil for democracy

World Bulletin / News Desk

Six days after the attempted coup began, millions of people continue to stand for democracy and confront a extremist faction, nested within the armed forces, who attempted to take the country in an abortive coup bid.

Throngs of people kept vigil on the streets in 81 provinces including İstanbul, Konya, Trabzon, Erzurum, Kayseri, Adana, Diyarbakır and converged to squares in solidarity with President Erdoğan.

In the west, in İzmir, more than 10,000 government supporters converged at Konak Square heeding the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan not to leave the streets to prevent another coup bid. Chanting in unison, thousands chanted slogans calling for the return of capital punishment.

In the southeast, Şanlıurfa, a huge crowd gathered around Rabia Square in defiance of the military faction's failed plot to unseat President and seize control of the state. The pro-government crowd, mostly teenagers, reiterated its commitment to staying on streets with the aim of defending the democracy against 'parallel state'. In his address to the crowd, Mayor Nihat Çiftçi said: “We are midway through what will be marked a historic day for Turkey's democratic history."

In the north, Sinop, thousands of people turned out in front of the governor's official residence to show their support for democracy. The crowd lifted Turkish flags and voiced support for the President in slogans: “The nation and the state stand shoulder to shoulder", “Stand tall! Do not obey! We are standing by you."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Temmuz 2016, 13:04