The first demonstration, named as "Republic Mitings" will be held on May 17 in
In 2007, millions of Turks attended three demonstrations held in
The demonstrators chanted protest slogans, "
The theme of the meetings in 2009 is determined as the controversial Ergenekon operation.
The so-called Ergenekon probe, which began in 2007 with discovery of 27 hand grenades in a shanty house in
Initially hailed as a success, the operation has recently come under mounting criticism after prosecutors began targeting anti-government journalists, academics, intellectuals and executives of NGOs who became targets of the probe.
Critics accuse the government of using the investigation as a witch hunt instrument to bully and silence ruling AKP opponents.
* Picture is an archive image taken in May 2007 in the Republic Miting held in