Turkish unions protest 'military coup' outside Egypt embassy

2013-07-05 14:11:48 GMT2013-07-05 22:11:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANKARA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of protesters from several Turkish unions and non-governmental organizations held Friday a demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Ankara to denounce the military ouster of the Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Condemning what they say a military coup, the protesters, who include members from the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples, the Civil Servants' Trade Union, and the Confederation of Turkish Real Trade Unions, gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in the Turkish capital, carrying anti- coup banners and shouting slogans calling for respect for the " national will."

Morsi was ousted by the army on Wednesday evening after he failed to respond to millions of protesters who took to the streets to demand his removal and an early presidential election.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) also condemned the military coup in Egypt.

"Turkey is following with deep concern the latest developments in Egypt after the ouster of embattled President Mohamed Morsi," said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement Thursday, adding that, "After the removal of Morsi by the Egyptian armed forces and the suspension of constitution, the situation in Egypt has reached an extremely sensitive and alarming stage." On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the overthrow of Morsi as "unacceptable," branding the intervention of army as a "military coup," in contrast to the U.S. and some European countries' expression, which refrained from using the word "coup."

"A leader who came to power with the support of the people can only be removed through elections.", said the top Turkey's diplomat. "It is unacceptable for democratically elected leaders, for whatever reason, to be toppled through illegal means, even a coup."

For his part, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held Thursday a three-hour extraordinary meeting at his Istanbul office to assess the latest developments in Egypt, but no official statement was made.

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