"Republic meetings", Izmir, Turkey. Turks show their support for their secular government amid their concerns of the Islamic rooted government becoming more conservative in Islam. 21 June
One more in a series of "Republic meetings" took place this weekend in Izmir where on Sunday an estimated 10,000 people crowded into a central Izmır city Gundogdu square and its surrounding boulevards.
Hundreds of thousands of secular Turks demonstrated on the seafront of Turkey’s third-largest city on Sunday, fearful that the Islamic-rooted government is conspiring to impose religious values on society.
Izmir is a port city on the Aegean coast that is a bastion of secularism, and Islamic parties fare poorly there.