History Made As AK Party, CHP, MHP Heads Attend Rally
For the first time in Turkey’s history, ruling and opposition party leaders are attending a rally together
The political party leaders will address the millions of people attending the rally, which had been called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul’s Yenikapi square.
The Yenikapi event will mark the end of weeks of “democracy watch” rallies held in cities across the country since the defeated coup, which martyred 240 people and wounded nearly 2,200 more.
Turkey’s government has repeatedly said the coup was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999.
Gulen is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.
Erdogan repeatedly said that he saw no difference between terrorist groups such as the PKK, PYD, YPG, and Daesh and U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen’s FETO.