Thousands gather on Bosphorus to denouce coup

Thousands of Turkish people gathered overnight on Istanbul's Bosporus bridge, the symbol of the fight against coup attempt, where tanks opened fire on civilians on July 15

Thousands gather on Bosphorus to denouce coup

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of jubilant people overnight came together on the Bosphorus bridge, the scene were last weeks failed coup began.

Not just at the bridge, thousands also came together in many different places across the country, particularly in Istanbul and Ankara, which had experienced the biggest number of fatalities and causalities and most horrible violence incidents.

The Bosphorus Bridge between the Asian and European sides of Istanbul was one of the key battlegrounds in Friday night’s coup attempt, as rebel soldiers descended in tanks to block it to traffic only to be countered by protesters who descended in force.

Responding to a call by Erdogan not to stop protests against the coup, his supporters filled the massive structure to denounce the putsch less than a week after it was beaten, AFP correspondents said.

Many carrying lit torches, they carried nationalist signs like “Our flag, our nation” and brandished slogans denouncing the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for the coup.

They marched from the district of Kisikli on the Asian side — where Erdogan has a home and regularly spoke to supporters in the aftermath of the coup — to the European side of the city.

As a result, the bridge was closed to traffic from 1900 GMT and instead filled with a sea of people.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that despite the defeat of the coup, people must stay out on the streets to ensure there is no repeat of the attempt to oust the government.

Konya was one of the cities that also held a solemn vigil. On Wednesday night Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had  addressed a crowd that had gathered for the rally in the central city of Konya through a video broadcast on large screens installed at the main square. Erdoğan called for unity and solidarity against the enemy of the democracy.

In Bursa also, a crowd that would rival the numbers in Istanbul also gathered to celebrate the victory of the failed coup.

On July 15, rogue elements from the military attempted to overthrow the Turkish government. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hotel was attacked and bombs were thrown at the Parliament.

Demonstrators were attacked with tanks, and drove the tanks themselves after they ran over many people as well as shooting indiscrimately on the public. 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2016, 13:24
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