Turkey: History made as AK Party, CHP, MHP heads attend democracy rally
Date: 2016-08-07 20:46
Leaders of Turkey’s three main political parties, including the Justice and Development (AK) Party, Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are for the first time attending a rally together in the country.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who is also AK Party chairman, has been joined by CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli at the massive “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally" to protest against the July 15 coup attempt in the country that left 240 people martyred and 2,200 others injured.
History made as AK Party, CHP, MHP heads attend rally
The political party leaders addressed the millions of people attending the rally, which had been called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul’s Yenikapi square.
The Yenikapi event will mark the end of weeks of “democracy watch” rallies held in cities across the country since the defeated coup, which martyred 240 people and wounded nearly 2,200 more.
Turkey’s government has repeatedly said the coup was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999.
Erdogan also addressed the masses in the pro-democracy rally saying Turkey is prepared to continue the march to achieve the goals. He also said that the Turkish people will fight any group undermining Turkey or its interests.