Monday, January 10, 2011

Demonstration for Secularism

Izmir- May 13, 2007

Choking the highways and crammed onto ferries, hundreds of thousands of Turks streamed into this port city on Sunday in an enormous show of opposition to the pro-Islamic ruling party, saying it threatened to destroy the country’s modern foundations.
Some 1.5 million protesters carried anti-government banners, red-and-white Turkish flags and pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the secular republic in 1923. Turkish flags hung from balconies and windows, as well as buses and fishing boats and yachts bobbing in Izmir’s bay.


  1. That's seriously good to see. One gets the feeling from the media that most everyone wants religious rule. Totally forgotten are a large sector of society who are religious and staunchly secular. Drives me mad.

  2. It was certainly an amazing demonstration!


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