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Photo Essay: Turkey Celebrates Freedom Special

Antalya - On October 29 every year, the Turkish people celebrate Republic Day and freedom. From Istanbul to Ankara, Izmir to Antalya, and even Van in the far east, students, families, and politicians gather to wave flags and remember Ataturk, Turkey's founder.

Turkey celebrates freedom Special

Antalya - On October 29 the Turkish people celebrated Republic Day and freedom despite threats from repressive Turkish President Erdoğan and attacks by his police.
 

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Children rest after walking around with their Turkish flags
Children rest after walking around with their Turkish flags
A man sells flags in Antalya
A man sells flags in Antalya
Huge flags and Atatürk banners adorned apartment buildings in the Lara section of Antalya
Huge flags and Atatürk banners adorned apartment buildings in the Lara section of Antalya
A baby holds a balloon designed with the Turkish flag
A baby holds a balloon designed with the Turkish flag
Students march through Antalya  carrying homemade banners and shouting freedom slogans
Students march through Antalya, carrying homemade banners and shouting freedom slogans
A family enjoys lunch next to a large Turkish flag
A family enjoys lunch next to a large Turkish flag
People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
A police officer records who placed  illegal  flowers before a statue of Ataturk to commemorate Repu...
A police officer records who placed "illegal" flowers before a statue of Ataturk to commemorate Republic Day
A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey
A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey

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