We will not allow them to walk,” Kürşat Mican, the head of the Alperen Hearths, said on national TV.
If we want, our numbers can reach 200,000.” "Such a meeting and demonstration march will not be allowed to take place by our governorate, taking into account the security of our citizens, in particular the participants, as well as the public order,” the government said in a statement last year.
It comes during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting that started on May 26 and will end June 24.
There’s no saying how conservative groups in Turkey will react to people marching through the streets of Istanbul dancing, waving flags, and asserting their identities on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
It remains to be seen if authorities will exert these powers on Sunday.