Turkey renames Bosphorus bridge after coup victims

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold Turkish flags at Bosphorus Bridge during a demonstration against the failed coup in Istanbul, Turkey 21 July 2016.

Turkey renames Bosphorus bridge after coup victims


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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge will be renamed “July 15th Martyrs’ Bridge” in honor of civilians who died resisting Turkey’s coup attempt.

The decision to rename the bridge across the Bosporus strait, which opened in 1973, which links Istanbul’s Asian and European sides, was taken Monday following a cabinet meeting.

Yildirim also announced that monuments to the civilians killed during the attempted coup would be built in Ankara and Istanbul.

He said that the bridge had been chosen to be renamed as it was the “first target of the coup plotters” on the night of July 15, resulting in the deaths of several civilians.

The bridge — a key strategic point linking Europe to Asia — had been blocked by armed rebel soldiers late on July 15 in one of the first signs to Istanbul residents a coup was in progress.

Backed by attack helicopters, they fired on the crowds of pro-Erdogan supporters who converged on the bridge. The rebels eventually surrendered on the bridge after being overwhelmed by sheer numbers protesting. (with AP, AFP)

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