Led by fourteen prominent Turkish civil society organizations, thousands of people came together in Turkey's capital Ankara on Thursday to hold a large-scale rally against terror attacks of the outlawed PKK, which have claimed the lives of over 30 civilians and 118 security officers since July 11.
The rally titled “No to terrorism, yes to brotherhood” started at 4.30 pm local time with the participation of several non-governmental organizations, including the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD).
More than 100 coaches arrived in Ankara for the rally, while high security measures were taken across the province as six thousand policemen were on duty.
As determined earlier, the only slogan in the rally which the protesters shouted was ‘’No to terrorism, yes to brotherhood’’, emphasizing on unity against PKK's increasing terror terror attacks in Turkey.
TOBB Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu held a joint press conference with leaders of other non-governmental organizations and trade bodies on Monday and urged the participants to leave aside party flags and carry only Turkish flags instead.
"We will say no to terrorism and yes to brotherhood with 78 million citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, identity and beliefs." he added, aiming to bring the whole nation together.
Another anti-terror march, titled "Millions of Breaths as One Voice against Terror," will be held in the Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul on Sunday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Parliament Speaker Ismet Yilmaz are expected to participate in the meeting.