Another anti-Erdoğan rally to take place in İstanbul
April 21, 2007, Saturday/ 20:16:00
More than 100 nongovernmental organizations are preparing for a rally in İstanbul to denounce the possible presidency of Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdoğan, only weeks after hundreds of thousands of people took to streets in the capital, Ankara, on April 14.The rally, apparently sponsored by the secularist Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, will take place in İstanbul’s Çağlayan Square on April 29, private CNN Türk said. Türkan Saylan, chairwoman of the association, called for widespread participation in the rally, according to CNN Türk.Opponents of Erdoğan’s presidency claim the prime minister, a practicing Muslim, would divert Turkey from its secular path if he becomes president. A briefing note from the Police Directorate said some 583,000 people took part in the April 14 rally, but later a correction was released, saying that the note was about the number of participants in illegal demonstrations alone.