Sunday, July 31, 2016

Turkish rally in Cologne: support for democracy or the Islamist Erdogan

Erdogan demos and counter protests put Cologne on edge

Tens of thousands of people attended a series of rallies in Cologne on Sunday in reaction to the recent coup attempt in Turkey. The main event attracted more than 20,000 Turks living in Germany. Sertan Sanderson reports.
Held at the site of a former shipyard in central Cologne, the biggest rally held in Germany in response to the failed coup attempt in Turkey earlier in July filled up within a matter of hours, becoming a virtual sea of Turkish flags.
There were reportedly more than 20,000 people attending the controversial rally - and probably even more flags.
Organizers stressed, however, that this was not a demonstration solely in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but rather one in support of democracy.

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