The marching column appeared over the asphalt curve of freeway D100 under a sun already unrelenting at 9 a.m., barely mitigated by the breeze that has swept away the asphyxiating mugginess of recent days.
In the lead is a group of security personnel, an endless file of black police uniforms and army camouflage fatigues bearing combat rifles.
But first of all, there is a flag with the yellow and red colors of a beloved Istanbul soccer team. And at the center of the flag is the image of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, father of the Turkish republic.
His is the face that opens the way of a protest march that began 400 kilometers away in the capital Ankara and on Sunday reached its destination in Istanbul.
They walked to the prison where Enis Berberoglu is being held. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) parliamentarian was jailed on charges of divulging state secrets, photographs that prove the transfer of weapons to Syria by the Turkish secret services. His arrest set the tone for a protest march and demands for justice rarely seen before in this country.