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Thousands protest against corruption in Turkey

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday to protest against the government after the latest corruption probe. Demonstrators said they came to stand against corruption and for justice in their country. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has cast a wide-ranging graft investigation, which poses one of the biggest challenges of his 11-year rule, as an attempted "judicial coup". He has responded by purging the police force of hundreds of officers and seeking tighter control over judicial appointments. Erdogan's supporters have cast the corruption probe as a smear campaign contrived, ahead of elections this year, by a U.S.-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who exercises broad, if covert, influence in the judiciary and media. The affair, exposing a deep rift within the Turkish political establishment, has driven the lira to new lows and shaken investor confidence in a country whos

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