Sunday, April 15, 2007

BBC NEWS | Europe | Secular rally targets Turkish PM 

BBC NEWS | Europe | Secular rally targets Turkish PM

Secularization is the key for Turkey's economic and political success. Many young people took to the streets of Turkey to continue with secularization.

Some 300,000 people have demonstrated in Turkey's capital, Ankara, to demand that religion and politics should be kept separate in their country.
Protesters carried banners of Kemal Ataturk, the revered founder of the Turkish republic as a secular state.

The rally comes two days before the presidential election process begins and is intended to pressure current PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to stand.

His opponents accuse him of having an Islamic agenda - a charge he denies.

Tens of thousands of people were bussed into Ankara from across Turkey to attend the rally near Ataturk's mausoleum.

Even though Turkey has made some bad decisions lately, including banishment of websites it considers 'insulting to Turkishness', it still is the brightest beacon of what secularization can do for a nation.



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