Rally was final stop in 280-mile march from Ankara led by main opposition party to protest against fierce government crackdown by Erdoğan

Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday in the largest opposition rally in years, in a serious rebuke to the government’s large-scale crackdown on opponents since last year’s attempted coup.

The rally in the Maltepe parade ground was the final stop in a 280-mile (450km) march from the capital, Ankara, led by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s party – the main opposition party – and appeared to draw citizens from across the political spectrum to protest against what they see as widespread injustice and oppression by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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