ANKARA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 5,000 people took to the streets in the Turkey's capital of Ankara on Friday to protest against the recent bloodshed in Syria and Egypt.
The protest was organized by Solidarity Platform of Syrian and Egyptian People, a social group set up by Turkish nongovernmental organizations to show its solidarity with the peoples of the two countries.
The protesters marched from Fatih Mosque following Friday prayer to the Fatih Park, pledging support for Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi and chanting slogans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The crowd blamed the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held areas near Damascus in early Wednesday.
Similar protests were also planned on Friday and over the weekend in many Turkish cities, including Izmir, Erzincan, Nevsehir and Alanya.