Istanbul rally is final stop in 280-mile ‘justice march’ from Ankara protesting against arbitrary arrests and dismissals after coup attempt
Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday in the largest opposition rally in years, in a serious rebuke to the government’s large-scale crackdown on opponents since last year’s attempted coup.
While the earlier education reforms of Turkey’s socially conservative AKP (Justice and Development Party) pointed towards inclusiveness, the current ones have a far more troubling direction.
The only way to fight the rise of illiberal populism is to stand united in defence of democratic values. This is the message of our justice march
• Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is Turkey’s opposition leaderEvery day, tens of thousands of Turkish citizens are walking to demand justice. We began in Ankara on 15 June and we are marching to Istanbul, walking for almost 20km (13 miles) every day. We are demanding justice and the rule of law for everyone living in Turkey.