Thousands of demonstrators march in support of Turkey's president after a failed coup attempt that's led to a mass crackdown. Paul Chapman reports.
Thousands pack the streets of Istanbul to show their support for Turkey's president after the weekend's failed coup attempt. The demonstrators marched to the city's iconic Bosphorus Bridge. Tayyip Erdogan's imposed the nation's first state of emergency since the 1980s. Thousands in the judiciary, military, education system and civil service have been arrested. That's done nothing to dent his support among these demonstrators. (SOUNDBITE)(Turkish) ILHAMI ASLANER, DEMONSTRATOR, SAYING: "The reason a state of emergency was declared is to allow for those dishonourable people who were inside the government to be uncovered. It won't affect anyone or the economy." (SOUNDBITE)(Turkish) SEYNEP SAGIR, DEMONSTRATOR, SAYING: "We're here to show we are against the coup. We have gathered to show that we will be one nation until the end. We know and are convinced that the government will do whatever is necessary and we trust them." Despite the crackdown the government is seeking to reassure its own population and the wider world there would be no return to the repression of the past.