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The 77th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatandurk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was commemorated on Monday across the country, in addition to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and Turkeyand’s diplomatic missions in foreign countries.
An official ceremony that took place at Anitkabir, Atatandurkand’s mausoleum, was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker ismet Yilmaz, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu, Constitutional Court President Zanduhtandu Arslan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu, Deputy Prime Ministers Tuirul Tandurkei and Cevdet Yilmaz, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahandceli and many other Turkish politicians.
President Erdogan laid a wreath at the mausoleum before the attendees stood in a moment of silence at 9:05 a.m., the time when the late founder of the Turkish state passed away on Nov. 10, 1938. The ritual was followed by the singing of the national anthem, with the Turkish flag flying at half-mast.
President Erdogan wrote a note in the Anitkabir guestbook, saying that Turkey is continuing to work to go beyond the level of contemporary civilization that Atatandurk had as his goal.
Following the official ceremony, Anitkabir was opened to the public.
Many people across the country showed more interest than ever in the commemoration ceremonies held to honor Atatandurk due to the recent polarizing and oppressive political atmosphere in the country caused by the general elections that were held on June 7 and Nov. 1.
The Cihan news agency reported on Tuesday that a group of divers put on a performance to commemorate the 77th anniversary of Atatandurkand’s death in Istanbuland’s Maltepe district. After unfurling a Turkish flag and a poster of Atatandurk under water, the divers joined the rest of the country and marked a moment of silence at 9:05 a.m.
According to a report by the Dogan news agency on Tuesday people in izmir marched for nearly two kilometers to glorify Atatandurkand’s memory, holding a placard that read, and”We havenand’t forgotten, we will never forget.and”
Many government officials, including izmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoilu from the CHP and other izmir deputies from the party attended the march, with some people wearing t-shirts with a photo of Atatandurk and others wearing headbands that read and”We are respectful to our ancestor.and”
Yahya iekerci, who was appointed the news coordinator of the Millet daily — a media outlet under Koza ipek Holding that was taken over by trustees in a hostile move by the government on Oct. 26 — received strong criticism on social media over one of his tweets regarding the 77th anniversary of Atatandurkand’s death.
iekerci publicly insulted Atatandurk, writing, and”Tyranny came to an end exactly 77 years ago,and” in a tweet on Tuesday, referring to the date when Atatandurk died. A number of social media users strongly criticized iekerci for insulting Atatandurk.
Similarly, the pro-government Akit TV station also covered the news of the 77th anniversary of Atatandurkand’s death negatively, writing, and”Mustafa Kemal died years ago today,and” and and”Tyranny ended in 1938.and” A campaign was launched by social media users over Akit TVand’s report to complain about the expression that insulted Atatandurk by implying that he was a tyrant. A number of social media users reached out to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTanduK) through its website and telephone complaint line about the insulting statement aired during the broadcast.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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