‘March for Justice’ Ends in Istanbul With a Pointed Challenge to Erdogan
Istanbul – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators left for a massive demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday evening, applauding the opposition leader when he closed his Justice Market three weeks ago and challenged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to implement the changes or Face a “revolt against injustice.”
“No one should think that this march is over, this march is a start,” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party, known as cogeneration, as he walks on the beat stage. “It is a rebirth for us, for our country and our children. Let us rebel against injustice.”
Mr Kilicdaroglu spoke on Sunday in Istanbul to demand justice for the thousands of people arrested or suspended from their jobs since the coup struck by Turkey last year.
The march, organized by politicians from Turkey’s largest opposition party to protest against government crackdown on thousands of its opponents, has drawn tens of thousands of people started on June 15 in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s first Turkish city, Which is about 250 miles to the northwest.
More than a million people attended the rally Sunday night, said police C.H.P. Organizers, such as youth groups and other opposition parties, joined. Traders with t-shirts and posters with the word “Adalet” or justice have called for the return of an independent judiciary and an impartial and expeditious justice for the tens of thousands of people arrested or suspended from work since the coup struck by Turkey last year .
Despite their differences, however, government and opposition leaders seemed to take great steps to avoid a major confrontation because walking has reached its peak.
Sunday rally could easily have been banned in the state of emergency that has been in effect since the coup attempt. Many police escorted the protesters, but they did not interfere.
In a symbolic gesture, but perhaps in order to manage the crowd, Mr. Kilicdaroglu directed the last two miles of individual gathering.
A former official, Mr. Kilicdaroglu, 69, captured the imagination of many fans with his gentle manner and his insistence on a peaceful march in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.
“This is not a protest against the government,” said Samet Akten, communications director for walking, in a statement Sunday.
“It is important to recognize the exceptionally peaceful nature of this process and its very specific objective. We are going to express a collective desire not in favor of an independent and fair judicial system, which recently failed in Turkey.”
Although the government has authorized the march and demonstration that will take place despite security problems and obvious criticism of the authoritarian leadership of M. Erdogan is the biggest sign of opposition since the coup struck last July, resulting in the Death of 249 people.