Turkey holds anti-terror rally

Millions gathered in Istanbul to stand as one voice against terrorism

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Close to two million Turkish citizens met in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday to show unity against terrorism.

The anti-terror meeting was organised in response to recent terror attacks in Turkey, which led to the loss of over 100 lives. 

PKK terror attacks started when its umbrella organisation the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11. Since then terror attacks by the outlawed PKK have killed nearly 30 civilians and 118 security officers.

The meeting was led by Turkish, Civilian Solidarity Platform (SDP) and called “Millions of Voices As One Against Terror."

President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), Ismet Yilmaz, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and dignitaries of Turkish government also attended the meeting.

Prime Minister Davutoglu on his speech stressed the Turkish-Kurdish brotherhood saying "Only voices of brotherhood are heard here today. Millions of voices are not only heard here in Yenikapi square, but every part and corner of Turkey, 78 million voices are beating with the same rhythm, unity! unity! brotherhood!."

Davutoglu asserted that they will work day and night to punish those who try to divide the Turkish nation and brotherhood.

He also warned Turkish citizens to not judge Kurdish citizens because of the PKK terror attacks by saying "While some gangs and terrorists persecute our Kurdish brothers in the east and southeast, people living alongside our Kurdish brothers in the west, must not judge or label them as if they had committed a crime.  On the contrary, stand with them, be there for them, and together as one, scream with one voice, Turk and Kurd are brothers!."

After Davutoglu, TBMM President, Ismet Yilmaz came on to the podium for his speech. Yilmaz, former Defence Minister from AK Party was elected to TBBM presidency, after general elections on June 7 by the parliament. Yilmaz said, "Till the last hearth is burning no more, till the last soldier gives his last breath, this flag will not come down nor will this nation be divided."

And added "The guardians of this homeland, are the heroes who understood sacrificing their life for this nation is no different than entering a garden of roses."


After Yilmaz's speech, President Erdogan came on to the podium to address the crowd.

President Erdogan said “Whoever adopts the [Turkish] flag, whether they are indigenous, or domestic, they are the embodiment of this nation.”

President Erdogan also said "We will not show any tolerance against terror or its nefarious agents, we will move mountains and leave no stone unturned, we will chase them down into their caves, because the price they will pay for the life of one of our heroes will be incomparable to anything else."


President Erdogan, referring to the snap elections on November 1 said, it does not matter which political party the member of parliament belongs to, what is important here is how they serve the Turkish nation.

Recently 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 terrorism.