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Anti-Erdogan Rally Ends in Turkey: Kilicdaroglu Opposes the “Second Coup”

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish opposition supporters yesterday thronged an Istanbul square to mark the end of a almost month-long march protesting alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a rare challenge to him. The 25-day-long march from Ankara to Istanbul, a distance of around 426 kilometers, will be completed with the participation of thousands of marchers who say they are standing up “justice” regardless of their political stance.The action was launched by the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu in opposition to a crackdown on people accused of links with terror groups.Hundreds of thousands greeted him while waving Turkish flags and flags emblazoned with the word “justice”.He further stated, “We marched for the university academics dismissed from their jobs”. We walked for the rights of the oppressed, for the imprisoned lawmakers, the jailed journalists.Kılıçdaroğlu said passionately, “The last day of our Justice March is a new beginning, a new step“.”Everyone should know very well that July 9 is a new step, a new history. a new birth”, he added.However, according to Kılıçdaroğlu, the CHP and people who supported the “justice march” are in the vanguard of preserving democracy.Party officials said more than a million people attended the closing rally. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is violating the law by attempting to influence the judiciary.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also arrived in Istanbul on Sunday to accept an oil industry award and to meet with Turkey’s foreign minister and Erdogan.But Turkish security forces did nothing to impede the march’s progress and 15,000 police were deployed at the rally to ensure safety. The “Justice March” was in protest to the arrest of Enis Berberoglu, who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 25 years in prison after leaking video of Turkish military trucks which were said to be delivering arms to Syria.After a failed coup attempt in 2016, there have been more than 50,000 people arrested and 140,000 people dismissed during a state of emergency, which has been condemned by the worldwide community.