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Turkey's rival parties rally in solidarity after failed coup

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 01:13

Tens of thousands of supporters from both Turkey's ruling and main opposition parties rally together against the failed coup attempt in a rare show of solidarity. Mana Rabiee reports.

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A rare show of solidarity in Istanbul -- where tens of thousands from rival political groups have come together after the failed coup in Turkey. They include normally bitter foes -- backers of President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling, Islamist-rooted AK Party ... and supporters of the main opposition groups including the secularist CHP. All coming together ten days after the attempted military coup under the banner of 'republic and democracy'. United in a blaze of nationalist fervor. (nats file) Some 245 people were killed in violence that broke out July 15 and more than 2,000 injured. Erdogan himself narrowly escaped capture and has since declared a state of emergency, rooting out supporters of the abortive coup -- which his critics say is an indiscriminate crackdown on dissent. (file) He accuses a U.S.-based Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the whole thing. (today rally) It's thought Erdogan will try to capitalize on the large size of the solidarity rally to try to reassert full control over the country.

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Turkey's rival parties rally in solidarity after failed coup

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 01:13