: Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt

16:34 Aug. 7, 2016

Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt

Security personnel stand under the Turkish flag during a Democracy and Martyrs' Rally in Istanbul, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo)

Signs read 'You are a gift from god, Erdogan', and 'Order us to die and we will do it'

Hundreds of thousands of Turks began gathering in Istanbul on Sunday summoned by President Tayyip Erdogan to denounce a failed coup - a show of strength staged in the face of Western criticism of widespread purges and detentions.

Read also As Turkey's coup strains ties with West, detente with Russia gathers pace

The 'Democracy and Martyrs' Rally' at the Yenikapi parade ground, built into the sea on the southern edge of Istanbul's historic peninsula, caps three weeks of nightly demonstrations by Erdogan's supporters, many wrapped in the red Turkish flag, in squares around the country.

The vast majority of those gathering for the rally were Erdogan supporters, some with banners reading "You are a gift from god, Erdogan" or "Order us to die and we will do it."

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