Turkey Coup: Millions Expected to Join Pro-Democracy Rally in Istanbul

Southeast Europe | August 7, 2016, Sunday // 14:09|  views

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Turkey's biggest city Istanbul braces for the biggest anti-coup demonstration following the July 15 military coup attempt.

Authorities have said the rally should be the last one, marking an end to three-week gatherings of people on the squares Istanbul and Ankara.

The top officials of the country will also be attending, including President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m, and heads of opposition parties.

The People's Democracy Party (HDP), one of the four parties elected to Parliament last year, is the only one not invited.

The event will be broadcast live via giant screens nationwide, but tere will be also a screen in Pennsylvania so "the message will be delivered", Erdo?an is quoted by H?rriyet Daily News as saying.

His words are a reference to US-based Fethullah G?len, who lives in Pennsylvania and is accused by Turkey of plotting the coup attempt.

Up to 3.5 million Turks are expected to take part in the demonstration.

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