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Tensions as tens of thousands rally for Erdogan in Germany
by Richard Heister and Stuart Williams
Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallied in the German city of Cologne on Sunday as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge.
Waving the Turkish flag and chanting "Turkey", the demonstrators turned the rally site next to the River Rhine into a sea of red as they began the demonstration by singing the Turkish and German national anthems. Some held banners saying "Erdogan, fighting for liberty".
"We are here because our compatriots in Germany are standing up for democracy and against the attempted military coup in Turkey," said Turkey's Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic at the rally, Tagesspiegel daily reported.
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