The Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu has celebrated the third anniversary of an attempted coup.
In a statement, the embassy said” today we commemorate our heroic martyrs and the ultimate sacrifice made by Turkish citizens against a terrorist coup attempted, organized and carried out by members of FETO terrorists organization.
Among the local leaders who participated includes Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Gulleid, Education ,Higher Education and culture Minister Aabdullahi Godan Barre, Chief Justice, Attorney General
On July 15, 2016 a rogue faction in the Turkish military launched a coordinated operation to overturn the government.
In several major cities, including the capital Ankara and the country’s biggest city Istanbul, they attempted to seize key installations.
As news of the coup attempt, by the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), spread, citizens left their homes and offices to stop the soldiers armed with guns and tanks.
Three years later, families are still grieving their lost loved ones.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday addressed the public at Istanbul’s old Ataturk Airport.
In his speech Erdogan said Turkey would never be occupied by those who sold their souls to the devil.
“On the night of July 15, they wanted to bury Turkey into darkness but failed, Allah ruined their traps,” he said.
“I salute every member of our heroic nation, who stood against planes, tanks, bullets to protect the independence of our nation and the future of our country on July 15,” he added.
In his speech, Erdogan applauded Turkish ministers on Monday also commemorated the third anniversary.
“On the anniversary of July 15, we commemorate our heroic martyrs, who gave their lives for democracy and homeland with mercy and our veterans with gratitude,” Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, said in a Twitter post.
“On the night of July 15, we showed the world that we would not kneel before any human power other than the will of the nation. This honour is granted to very few nations,” Abdulhamit Gul, the justice minister said, also on Twitter.
“We commemorate all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our independence and future with mercy and gratitude,” Gul added.
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoy said July 15 is also an absolute warning to those who want to test our will.the soldiers and staff of the Turkish Armed Forces.