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Hundreds of thousands of secularist Turks took to the streets for the second time in two weeks yesterday after a dramatic intervention by the military in an attempt to stop Abdullah Gul becoming the first Turkish President with an Islamist past.
Demonstrators in Istanbul carried blood-red national flags and posters of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of a secular Turkey. Banners read: “Sharia (Islamic law) shall not rise to the Presidential Palace.”
The protests came after the military gave warning that it would act to defend secularism – although the two events were not apparently coordinated. The developments, however, herald a week of high tension in which the Constitutional Court is due to rule on a challenge to Friday’s inconclusive first round of the presidential election.
Originally posted by grover
There really is no reason to see it as some form of threat.