Secular Turks protest gov't in Izmir

Secular Turks demonstrated in Turkey's third-largest city on Sunday, keeping up pressure on the government with the fear they claim is working to raise the influence of religion on society.

Secular Turks protest gov't in Izmir
Secular Turks demonstrated in Turkey's third-largest city on Sunday, keeping up pressure on the government with the fear they claim is working to raise the influence of religion on society.

Police deployed thousands of officers, a day after a bomb at an Izmir market killed one person and injured 14 others. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, nor evidence that it was linked to the demonstration.

The rally follows similar demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul last month. The rallies were staged to pressure Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, which nominated a presidential candidate.

The candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, was forced to suspend his bid after the opposition boycotted the voting process in Parliament.

Protesters gathered under sunny skies on the seafront. They carried anti-government banners, red-and-white Turkish flags and pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Last Mod: 13 Mayıs 2007, 14:12
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