Turkey failed coup: Erdogan supporters on the streets

18/07/2016 - 14:05 Published in News/General

Tens of thousands of demonstrators came out on the streets of Turkey's capital Ankara and other cities to show support for the goverment in the wake of a failed coup that grabbed world attention. 


On Sunday, huge crowds carrying Turkish flags streamed into Ankara's Kizilay Square and Taksim Square in Istanbul, the country's biggest city, after authorities called on the public to stay vigilant.

A call from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his supporters should take to the streets in the early hours of Saturday as the coup attempt unfolded proved vital to defeating the army faction behind it.  

Speaking on Monday to throngs of government supporters in Kizilay Square, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim thanked the Turkish people for defeating the coup in what he said was a defence of democracy. 

"No matter their political views, all parties came together arm-in-arm against the coup. They cried out together," Yildrim said. "This shows that when the matter at hand is the country, then everything else is incidental."


Source: Al Jazeera and agencies