300,000 Protest Mounting Islamic Threat in Turkey

300,000 Turks took to the streets of Ankara today to protest against the rising Islamic threat against the secularist governmental system.

Protesters shouted, “We don’t want an imam as president.”

Thousands of demonstrator march with Turkish flags in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, April 14, 2007. Some 300,000 Turks protested against their Islamic-rooted prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demonstrating the intense opposition he will face from Turkey’s secular establishment if he decides to run for president next month. (AP Photo/Str)

The outgoing President Ahmet Necdet Sezer warned Friday that Turkey is under an “unprecedented threat” from those who want to weaken its secular system.

Turkish demonstrators wave national flags at the Mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, April 14, 2007. (AP)

Turkish protesters walk to the mausoleum of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with their flags in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, April 14, 2007. (AP)

Weasel Zippers has more on the protest.

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