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Milliyet, Aug. 8
"A New Turkey Is Born" reads Monday's front page of Turkey daily Milliyet, which joined virtually every other national paper in its wall-to-wall coverage of the massive rally in Istanbul to demonstrate national unity against the recent failed coup attempt.
Perhaps more than one million people thronged to the Yenikapi district of Istanbul on Sunday in a rally called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish daily Hürriyet reports that the leaders of Turkey's three largest political parties jointly organized the rally, in a rare show of unity to demonstrate their opposition to the coup attempt on July 15.
Since the coup attempt, Erdogan has moved to consolidate power. He closed down scores of media outlets, placed the military more firmly under the control of the civilian government and fired more than 3,000 members of the military.