Atatürk monument will not be removed from square, Istanbul mayor says
ISTANBULThe Atatürk monument in Istanbul’s Kadıköy Square will not be removed in line with an upcoming regeneration project, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has said, daily Hürriyet reported today.
“Regularization will be conducted because of the subway [construction], but there are no thoughts or works to remove the Atatürk monument,” Topbaş said.
It had been reported yesterday that the monument would be replaced with a fairground, according to private broadcaster NTV.
The controversial transformation of the Haydarpaşa train station building is part of the same project to reorganize Kadıköy Square.
An extension building to a planned cultural center was set to replace the Atatürk monument, according to NTV.