Turkey marks anniversary of failed coup

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Added On July 16, 2017

Millions of people across Turkey have started marking the first anniversary of foiling the coup attempt last year.
 
The commemoration events started Saturday with a special session in the parliament's general assembly in the capital Ankara.
 
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a speech in the parliament in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the opposition.
 
The prime minister said one year has passed since Turkey's darkest night was transformed into a bright morning. 
 
He lauded the Turkish people did not leave sovereignty to the enemies and took hold of democracy to the death.
 
On July 15, 2016, coup plotters blocked roads and bombed state institutions, including the parliament, before the attempted takeover was thwarted.
   
At least 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured during the bloody coup attempt. 
 
Ankara accused the U.S.-based priest Fethullah Gulen is behind the failed coup.
   
During the observation on Saturday, millions of Turks flooded to the streets and squares to participate in the so-called "democracy watches".
   
In Ankara, tens of thousands of people gathered at the city center square of Kizilay, carrying Turkish national flags and pictures of those killed during the attempted uprising.
 
Similar events were also held in Istanbul, the biggest city of Turkey, and many other cities across the country.