Million-Strong Rally Demands Turkey Remain Secular

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People wave national flags as they fill the waterfront during an anti-government rally in Turkey's western coastal city of Izmir. Rally organizers hope that it will unite the opposition ahead of elections in July. Burak Kara/Getty Images hide caption

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People wave national flags as they fill the waterfront during an anti-government rally.

People wave national flags as they fill the waterfront during an anti-government rally in Turkey's western coastal city of Izmir. Rally organizers hope that it will unite the opposition ahead of elections in July.

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More than a million demonstrators took to the streets in Turkey today demanding their country remain a secular republic. The protesters say they feel the pro-Islamic ruling party threatens the nation's modern foundations.

The weekend rally came just six weeks before Turkey's national election.

The gathering was the third major anti-government protest in the past month. After the recent collapse of parliament's attempt to elect a new president, Turks are now focused on parliamentary elections, set for July.

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