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5 million people rally in Istanbul to support Erdogan
18:33, 8 August 2016
5 million people rally in Istanbul to support Erdogan

Participants say they came to support Erdogan after the failed coup and defend the principles of democracy and protest against military coups

18:33, 8 August 2016

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Nearly five million people came to the rally in Istanbul to support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the failed coup, according to pro-government media.

Participants told that they came to defend the principles of democracy and protest against military coups.

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The order was secured by more that fifteen thousand officers.

President Erdogan was present at the rally, as well as the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and leaders of opposition parties.

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Erdogan said that is ready to restore the death penalty. However, before European Union leaders have repeatedly condemned the idea, warning that such a move would lead to the termination of negotiations on Turkey's EU membership.

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The Turkish military officers carried out a failed coup attempt in the night of July , 16. Then President Erdogan initiated mass purges among those, whom he considers to be non-loyal. These are roughly 45 thousand people, among them - military officials, doctors and teachers.

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