Bosphorus Bridge, Ankara’s main square to be renamed after July 15
REUTERS photoIstanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge, along with Ankara’s major public square Kızılay, are set to be renamed in reference to July 15 – the night of the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Speaking on the plan to rename the squares, Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek said monuments would also be built to commemorate resistance to the coup attempt.
Kızlıay Square, located in the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara, is known as the central square of the city.
Regarding the Bosphorus Bridge, Yıldırım said the government had opted to rename the bridge 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 - was blocked by soldiers late on July 15 in one of the first signs to Istanbul residents that a coup was in progress.
Backed by attack helicopters, the pro-coup soldiers later fired on the crowds who gathered on the bridge before eventually surrendering following protests by the overwhelming number of civilians.