Daily Mail: 50,000 demonstrators march through the streets of Cologne to show support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
* Waving the Turkish national flag, demonstrators held aloft pictures of Erdogan after a failed military coup earlier in July
* Demonstration became the focus of increasingly strained ties between Germany and Turkey after a decision by Germany's top court on its eve prevented Erdogan from addressing the meeting via video-conference
* Erdogan has said it is shameful that Western countries showed more interest in the fate of the plotters
Around 50,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Cologne this afternoon to show their support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Waving the Turkish national flag, demonstrators held aloft pictures of Erdogan and placards reading 'For Democracy, Against Putsch' after a failed military coup earlier this month.
'We are here because our compatriots in Germany advocate democracy and are against the attempted military coup,' Turkey's sport and youth minister, Akif Cagatay Kilic, who attended the rally, told reporters.
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Update: Erdogan demos and counterprotests put Cologne on edge (DW)
WNU Editor: More evidence that German Chancellor Merkel's policy of assimilating refugees and migrants into German culture and life is not working.