Turkish police teargas thousands-strong pro-secular rally in Ankara
Tear gas and water cannons met thousands of protesters in Ankara who had staged a pro-secular rally on Republic Day. The clashes mark a growing gap between the Islam-leaning government and the country’s secular layers.
“Turkey is secular and will remain secular!” chanted protesters waving Turkish flags and banners.
The capital’s governor last week banned a planned pro-secular rally citing fears that “some groups may seek to incite anarchy in the country.” But Monday, over 30 civil society groups, led by the Youth Union of Turkey, still took to the streets.