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Protesters rally in Turkey over refugee deaths

Protesters hold a banner showing an illustration of Alyan Kurdi saying: Credit: AP

Protesters in Istanbul held banners with a picture of Alyan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose death has caused international outcry, calling for Europe's leaders to act over a growing refugee crisis.

Holding a banner saying "Humanity is dying! We invite the world to wake up!" speakers at the protest called European leaders to action.

A placard with an illustration of Alyan Kurdi reads: 'Silence is needed when children are sleeping, not when they are dying!' Credit: AP
Protesters hold placards in Istanbul. Credit: AP

Ugur Yildirim, President of International Refugee Rights Association, said at the protest: "As the bodies of our brothers wash ashore, are we going to stand still? We call all people to raise their voice to break this ugly game. Europe is the killer of the refugees."

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