Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan flock to the national standard during a pro-government demonstration on Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Reuters

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Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan:  “We have suffered greatly from military coups . . . We don’t want our Egyptian brothers to suffer as well.” Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

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A group of riot police officers are posted near Gezi Park in Istanbul on Thursday. Photograph: The New York Times

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