Istanbul, Dec 8.- Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in several cities of Turkey today to protest against the decision of the US president, Donald Trump, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The largest of the marches took place in Istanbul, in the conservative neighborhood of Fatih, at the end of Friday's prayer at the historic Conquistador Mosque, Mehmet II.
Thousands of demonstrators, carrying Turkish and Palestinian flags, toured the main streets of the downtown neighborhood, shouting slogans such as “Jerusalem is ours and will remain so” and “down with the US, down with Israel”.
Also in the capital, Ankara, and in Diyarbakir, in the southeast of the country, important mobilizations took place for the rights of the Palestinian people and against the decision of the North American leader.
The Directorate of Religious Affairs of Turkey also expressed concern about the measure, recalling that Jerusalem “is a city sacred and blessed with its name and surroundings”, which houses Muslim, Jewish and Christian shrines and on which Israel claims as capital in its entirety.
In addition, the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday criticized Trump for his decision and convened an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OCI), which will take place on December 13 in Istanbul. (PL)