July 15 martyrs commemorated in various ceremonies worldwide

Mon 16 July 2018 05:28 GMT | 05:28 Local Time

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The second anniversary of the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey is being marked across the world with commemoration ceremonies.

A ceremony was held at Martyrs Monument in Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, with attendance of deputies including Mehmet Demirci, Turkey's Justice and Development (AK) Party TRNC representative, embassy officials and locals, according to Anadolu Agency.

Derya Kanbay, Turkish ambassador in Lefkosa, urged people to be careful about dangerous organizations like Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). “We need to be cautious and on alert against dangerous betrayal networks," she said. 

FETO orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

During a commemoration ceremony held at Turkey’s Athens Embassy, Yasar Halit Cevik, the ambassador, called on Greece to give necessary punishment to putschist Turkish soldiers, who escaped to Greece hours after the coup attempt. 

A commemoration ceremony was also held at Turkey’s Consulate General in Komotini. A minute of silence was observed in remembrance of those who were martyred during the coup attempt. 

Remembering Mustafa Cambaz, one of the martyrs of the coup attempt, who was born in Western Thrace, Consul General Murat Omeroglu said: “Mustafa Cambaz has been a symbol of resistance for people of Western Thrace.”

In the British capital London, a commemorative ceremony was held in front of historical Westminster Palace.

Turkish community attended the event organized by Union of International Democrats, which released 251 balloons to the sky for martyrs.

In Erbil of northern Iraq, Turkey's Consulate General organized a praying event at Savvaf Mosque in the honor of the martyrs.  

Turkey's Consulate General in Georgia's capital Tbilisi also organized a praying event at Tbilisi Mosque. 

In German city of Frankfurt, Union of International Democrats organized a commemoration ceremony at Gotheplatz Square.

Turkey's Consulate General in Brazil's Sao Paolo city held an event to remember the martyrs. Turkish and Brazilian citizens attended the ceremony. 

In Qatar's capital Doha, Turkish Ambassador Fikret Ozer held a press conference to commemorate July 15 martyrs.

In India's capital New Delhi, Turkish Ambassador Sakir Ozkan Torunlar host an event to remember July 15 martyrs.

In Skopje, July 15 martyrs were commemorated in a ceremony held by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Yunus Emre Institue (YEE). 

Speaking during the ceremony, Turkish Ambassador Tulin Erkal Kara praised Macedonia for giving support to the Turkish government in the wake of the coup attempt and its move to shut down FETO-linked media organizations, schools, and corporations. 

A photo exhibition showing Anadolu Agency’s photos on the coup night opened as part of the ceremony. 

Zagreb Embassy of Turkey also hosted a commemoration ceremony. A video on FETO’s coup attempt was shown during the program. 

“FETO attacked civilians on the night of July 15. We will not forget martyrs and veterans, who fought for our democracy on that night,” Mustafa Babur Hizlan, Turkey’s ambassador to Zagreb, said during his speech. 

In Balkan countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, ceremonies were also held. 

Two-hundred-and-fifty trees were planted in the memory of July 15 martyrs in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar. 

Zerrin Kandemir, consul general of Turkey in Mostar, thanked Bosnia and Herzegovina for showing solidarity with Turkey in the wake of the coup attempt, during the ceremony. 

Nobody was able to harm Turkey’s democracy as a result of courage and heroism, she noted. 

Quran was recited in the memory of July 15 martyrs at a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul, which was jointly organized by Turkey’s Maarif Foundation and Anadolu Agency. 

An exhibition showing Anadolu Agency’s photos on July 15 coup attempt was also opened. 

Several other countries like Krygzstan, Hungary and Sweden also hosted various ceremonies to commemorate the July 15 martyrs.

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