Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up a demonstration by tens of thousands of pro-secular protesters, but the march to mark the founding of the Turkish republic went on in defiance of a government ban.
The celebration of the founding of the Turkish republic has in the past few years become a symbol of the divide between Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's elected, Islam-leaning government and its opponents who fear the country's secular traditions are in danger.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Turkey, Turkish, Police, Protests, Demonstrations, Tensions, Islam, Secularism, Ataturk, Islamization
Location: Ankara, Ankara, Turkey (load item map)
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