Students proudly wave the Turkish flag to celebrate Freedom Day (October 29) in Antalya
Today in Turkey, despite the orders of the current repressive Islamist regime not to celebrate, many people around Turkey are celebrating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s proclamation of the secular, democratic Republic of Turkey in 1923. At a big gathering in the country’s capital, Ankara, police opened fire with water canons and pepper spray bombs on the peaceful marchers. However, the Turkish president told them to stand down because of popular opinion against his police actions.
Students play music to celebrate Freedom Day in Antalya
To see more photos about Freedom Day in Turkey, see my album “Faces of Freedom”: