>> It began as a one man march from Ankara to Istanbul. 25 days later it swelled to hundreds of thousands of protesters. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition party, CHP, began his over 400 kilometer trek to protest the jailing of one of his lawmakers. Thousands of Turks have joined him, calling for democracy to be restored.
>> I'm Reuters Emily with the match has ended here with this massive rally in Istanbul. Thousands of people have been streaming in for what has become Turkey's largest protest in years. And while organizers are keen to stress it's not an anti-government protest, it's an unprecedented show of defiance against the crackdown that President Tayyip Erdoğan says is necessary after last July's failed coup.
>> Chanting rights, law, justice with the crowd, Kılıçdaroğlu told protesters they were living in a dictatorship, comparing it to 1940's Germany. About 50,000 people have been arrested, and 150,000 state workers including teachers, judges, and soldiers have been suspended.>> Why did you lose your job?>> I don't know, I don't know.
>> That's professor and Constitutional Lawyer Abraham Convoglug. He thinks he might have lost his job because he was critical of the government.>>
> Turkey is living through the most unlawful administration of its history, we are in the most arbitrarily managed period. The constitutional order has been repealed under the pretext of the state of emergency, and the justice system has collapsed.
>> President Erdogan has accused the marchers of supporting terrorism, but has tolerated the protests. And while he remains popular here, Erdogan will be wary of a previously fractured opposition, which appears to be uniting. The opposition leader telling crowds the rally marked a new birth, and that this was just the first step.