ISTANBUL,Â Aug 17, 2013Â (AFP)
Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s oustedÂ leader Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in TurkeyÂ on SaturdayÂ to denounceÂ ”massacres” of his loyalists.
Some 4,000 people gathered at a mosque in Istanbul shouting “Down withÂ (army chief Abdel Fattah) al-Sisi” and “Morsi in power!” an AFP photographerÂ reported.
Carrying Egyptian flags the protesters also implored the Muslim world toÂ ”help the Egyptian people who are being massacred.”
In the central Turkish city of Konya, nearly 10,000 people turned out inÂ support of Morsi and his embattled loyalists, according to the Dogan newsÂ agency.
Turkey, which backs Morsi, has hardened its tone towards Egypt, recallingÂ its ambassador to Cairo over the violent crackdown, prompting a tit-for-tatÂ move by Egypt.
Daily pro-Morsi demonstrations have since taken place in Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who heads the Islamic-rootedÂ ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), had forged a closeÂ alliance with Morsi since he was elected in Egypt’s first free election inÂ June 2012.
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