Turkey marks start of Independence War

May 19 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the War of Independence.

Turkey marks start of Independence War

Turkish people mark the May 19 across Turkey.

For two years, Turkey replaced official ceremonies and military parades with civilian festivities, with people taking to the streets and public squares to mark the day. May 19 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the War of Independence, when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, landed in Samsun to start the fight in 1919.

In Samsun, the celebrations began with a theatrical performance depicting the moments Atatürk landed in the city to start the War of Independence. The performance, repeated every year in the morning of May 19, received the audience's appreciation.

Samsun Governor Hüseyin Aksoy, Germany Kiel city governor Cathy Kietzer, ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Samsun deputies Çağatay Kılıç, Ahmet Yeni, Haluk Koç, local army commander Gen. Mehmet Göktan, Samsun mayor Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz, military officials, civil society organizations, students and locals participated in the symbolic ceremony.

In İstanbul, a crowd gathered in Taksim Square to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of May 19. The celebrations began after Taner Özgüven, deputy head of the İstanbul Municipality's Cultural and Social Affairs Department, laid a wreath in front of the Atatürk monument. Following the ceremony in Taksim, members of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) started its own ceremony, laying wreating on the monument. The CHP officials also criticized the government for what they called “diminishing the celebrations.”

Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kılıç was in the Turkish capital to participate in the celebrations there. He visited Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Atatürk, early in the morning with a group of young people and other officials. The minister laid a wreath at the mausoleum and observed a moment's silence in memory of the founder of the republic.


Last Mod: 19 Mayıs 2013, 12:07
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