Opposition parties have shown unity in denouncing the July 15 coup attempt led by the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and have declared support for the democratically elected government and the Turkish state against the plotters. Sunday's rally at Istanbul's central Taksim Square (above), organized by the Republican People's Party (CHP), was the first substantial public gathering that brought together members of different political parties in a show of unity for democracy. All opposition parties in Parliament – the CHP, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) – made supportive statements to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against the Gülenists' coup attempt. Speaking at the rally, CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said the coup attempt was an attack on parliamentary democracy and condemned those who instigated it, both in Turkey and abroad.
All four parties in Parliament showed unity against the junta on the night of the coup attempt. Speaking to NTV yesterday, CHP Group Deputy Chairman Engin Altay said that the coup attempt targeted parliamentary democracy in Turkey, not only the ruling AK Party and President Erdoğan. Speaking on a live broadcasty, CHP Istanbul deputy İlhan Cihaner said Turkey has gone through what is probably the bloodiest coup attempt in its history and the only way to deal with this problem is to embrace democracy. "The statements from AK Party officials are promising. Hopefully this political atmosphere continues. If tomorrow's meeting [President Erdoğan's meeting with the prime minister, Kılıçdaroğlu and Bahçeli] puts a perspective to overcome this crisis, we will handle this issue with ease."