The Latest: Erdogan opens monument to victims of failed coup

ISTANBUL — The Latest on the first anniversary since Turkey quashed last summer’s coup attempt (all times local):

6:40 a.m.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a monument in the capital Ankara honoring the some 250 people who were killed opposing last year’s failed coup attempt against his rule.

The monument — depicting people standing on top of four slanted columns, carrying a moon and crescent — is situated opposite Erdogan’s huge palace complex in Ankara.

Erdogan opened the “Martyrs’ Memorial” just after dawn on Sunday, following morning prayers at a mosque inside the complex.

The president said in address to thousands attending the ceremony: “even if we have buried our martyrs in the ground, they will always live in our hearts. (The coup-plotters) will die over and over again every day while they fester behind prison walls.”

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5:15 a.m.

A camera-mounted drone has crashed while filming a ceremony outside of parliament marking the first anniversary of Turkey’s failed coup.

The private Dogan news agency says seven people were slightly injured in the accident and were taken away on stretchers.

The accident occurred as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was addressing thousands of people in the early hours of Sunday.

He interrupted his speech to make sure medics attended those hurt and commented: “so, drones can fall sometimes.”

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4:50 a.m.

Cellphone users making calls on the first anniversary of Turkey’s failed coup heard

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-erdogan-returns-to-turkeys-capital-for-ceremony/2017/07/15/697ad6f0-69bb-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

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