Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the mayors of some cities, which established the monuments and statues in his honor. On Wednesday, September 13, according to Super Haber.
“Some of the mayor’s office set me monuments, sculptures. When I found out about this, very upset. Friends, this is not consistent with our values,” — said the head of state, speaking before the heads of administrations of the Turkish provinces in Ankara.
In particular, one of the bas-reliefs were installed in the city of Izmit (Kocaeli province) to the anniversary of the coup. However, later it was removed.
16 April, Turkey held a referendum. Citizens voted for amendments to 18 articles of the basic law, involving the strengthening of presidential power.
The coup attempt was committed on the night of July 16, 2016. The rebellion took the lives of 248 people, more than 2.7 thousand were injured. After these events, the country held mass purges in government, the security services, courts, army, educational institutions.