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ISTANBUL (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a monument in the capital Ankara honoring the some 250 people who were killed opposing last year’s failed coup attempt against his rule.

The monument — depicting people standing on top of four slanted columns, carrying a moon and crescent — is situated opposite Erdogan’s huge palace complex in Ankara.

Erdogan opened the “Martyrs’ Memorial” just after dawn on Sunday, following morning prayers at a mosque inside the complex.

Images are projected on Turkey’s Parliament during a ceremony to commemorate the one year anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, in Ankara, Turkey, early Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photos/Ali Unal) Manila Bulletin

The president said in address to thousands attending the ceremony: “even if we have buried our martyrs in the ground, they will always live in our hearts. (The coup-plotters) will die over and over again every day while they fester behind prison walls.”

A camera-mounted drone has crashed while filming a ceremony outside of parliament marking the first anniversary of Turkey’s failed coup.The private Dogan news agency says seven people were slightly injured in the accident and were taken away on stretchers.

The accident occurred as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was addressing thousands of people in the early hours of Sunday.

He interrupted his speech to make sure medics attended those hurt and commented: “so, drones can fall sometimes.”

Cellphone users making calls on the first anniversary of Turkey’s failed coup heard a message from the nation’s president conveying them his good wishes.Omer Fatih Sayan, the head of the information and communications authority, confirmed that President Recep Tayyip’s Erdogan recorded message was being played before the calls.

Erdogan is heard saying in his message: “As your president I congratulate you on the July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day, I wish God’s mercy and grace for our martyrs and good health for our veterans.”

Some 250 people were killed while more than 2,000 others were injured after thousands of people, heeding Erdogan’s call, took to the streets a year ago to confront the coup-plotters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country’s top security advisory body will discuss on Monday whether to further extend a state of emergency that was declared after last year’s failed coup.Erdogan also said he would approve “without any hesitation” any legislation that would be passed in parliament to reinstate the death penalty.

He was speaking outside of Turkey’s parliament building in the early hours of Sunday at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the July 15 coup that killed some 250 people who were trying to resist the attempt. Around 35 coup-plotters also died.

Turkey imposed the state of emergency days after the attempted insurgency to counter what government officials say is the continued threat from a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who is accused of orchestrating the coup. Gulen denies involvement.

Critics say the emergency powers are being used to go after all government opponents.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has returned to the capital Ankara for a ceremony marking the moment parliament was bombed a year ago during the failed coup attempt.Thousands of people have gathered outside the parliament in the early hours of Sunday, waving Turkish flags and holding up pictures of the 250 people who died confronting the coup-plotters. Turkey’s top cleric recited a prayer for the victims.

Many marched to the building clutching a 3 kilometer- (1.86 mile) long flag, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened a hollow, globe-shape monument in Istanbul honoring some 250 people who were killed a year ago while opposing coup-plotters trying to overthrow the government.Erdogan inaugurated the structure, featuring the names of the “martyrs” on Saturday, as the nation marks the first anniversary of the coup attempt that was crushed by soldiers and police loyal to the government as well as by civilians who took to the streets.

The structure is situated at a park near the foot of the Bosporus Bridge, which has since been renamed the “Martyr’s Bridge” to pay homage to people who were killed there while resisting the coup.

Erdogan is also scheduled to inaugurate a monument to pay tribute to the dead in the capital, Ankara.

 



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