ABC News Online: Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan stages huge rally in show of strength after coup attempt
More than 1 million Turks have gathered in Istanbul for a rally called by President Tayyip Erdogan to denounce a failed coup — a show of strength staged in the face of Western criticism of widespread purges and detentions.
The "Democracy and Martyrs' Rally" at the Yenikapi parade ground, built into the sea on the southern edge of Istanbul's peninsula, marks the climax of three weeks of nightly demonstrations by Mr Erdogan's supporters, many wrapped in the red Turkish flag, in squares around the country.
"Let all of you know, the leader of this terrorist group will come to Turkey and pay for what he did," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the rally, referring to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
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WNU Editor: This story is probably true .... Anti-coup rally may have been Turkey's biggest ever (CBS/AP)
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Turkey’s President Erdogan Holds Gigantic Rally In Istanbul -- Reuters
Turkey coup attempt: Huge crowds gather in Istanbul for historic anti-coup rally -- The Independent
Massive crowd rallies for democracy in Turkey -- USA Today
Turkey's Erdogan tells million-strong unity rally: I support death penalty -- CNN
Turkey coup: Erdogan backs return of death penalty at vast Istanbul rally -- BBC
Erdogan pledges new Turkey -- DW
This filtered image of more than a million people captures the mood in Turkey -- Washington Post