World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's opposition Felicity Party (SP) on Sunday held a protest rally in Istanbul against the military coup in Egypt that ousted the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi.
Thousands of SP supporters from nearby Kocaeli, Sakarya, Edirne, Bursa and Yalova provinces gathered in Istanbul's Kazlicesme to protest the military coup.
"Our voice here in Kazlicesme is echoed in Tahrir and Rab'a al-Adewiya squares. This black coup, this dirty intervention, this bloody game is a betrayal to the Egyptian people. History will never forgive it. This coup is a betrayal," SP Chairman Mustafa Kamalak told the crowd.
Deputy head of the party, Temel Karamollaoglu, stressed they had always stood on the side of "oppressed", condemning the coup.
"Injustice was done to Morsi and Ikhwan in Egypt."
The Istanbul protesters sat on rush mats shoulder to shoulder in close mass prayer formation, imitating pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo's Rab'a Al-Adewiya Square. Banners were seen that read "Muslims are brothers", a Quranic verse, in Turkish, Arabic, English and Chinese, chanted by also by the crowd.
Protesters carried photos of Morsi, Hasan al-Benna, the founder of Muslim Brotherhood, late Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, and Egyptian scholar Sayyid Qutb alongside Turkish and Egyptian flags.
The meeting was broadcast live for Egyptians in Rab'a Al-Adewiya square.Last Mod: 15 Temmuz 2013, 11:43