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Tens of thousands of Turks stage anti-government protests in Istanbul

English.news.cn   2014-02-16 23:10:28

ISTANBUL, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of people staged a mass protest against the Turkish government in Istanbul on Sunday.

The "Justice for Turkey" protest attracted tens of thousands of people who marched on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Sunday's demonstration is the largest protest to take place in the country since corruption charges were filed against the sons of three cabinet ministers in a high-profile graft case that began in December.

The crowds chanted against the prime minister, shouting "Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the thief," while demanding the resignation of his government.

The demonstration, which started at around 2:30 p.m. local time (GMT 1230), was organized by some influential members of Turkish civil society, including the Fenerbahce soccer team, doctors and lawyers groups.

Protesters gathered in Saskinbakkal, which is located at beginning of the most popular street on the Asian side of Turkey, Bagdat Street, and routed their march toward the Fenerbahce stadium.

Editor: yan
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