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Photo exhibition held to mark Turkey coup bid anniversary

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A photo exhibition was organised by the Turkish Consulate General here today to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup by a faction of that country's military.

A commemoration service was also held to thank people for support after the failed coup attempt, Consul General of Turkey in Erdal Sabri Ergen told reporters here.

Local dignitaries and Turkish representatives attended the events, Ergen said.

The photo exhibition includes snapshots of Turkish civilians overcoming the tanks as well as the bombed building, which was a clear indication of the targeted attack on elected power, Ergen said.

A prominent photo on display is that of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gesturing his gratitude to the cheering crowd after the failed coup.

The Consul General recalled how several people in reached out to him to deplore the coup attempt and express relief at its failure.

"They expressed their love about the beauty of Turkey and also their disappointment over the coup," Ergen said.

"Necessary precautions are being taken (by the Turkish government) to prevent the repetition of such an act," the senior diplomat said.

"It (the failure of the coup) was a victory for the people and the elected government," Ergen said. "That is what we are celebrating," he added.

In July last year, gun battles broke out and a section of the Army used tanks and fighter jets in a military coup attempt to bring down the President Erdogan regime.

Turkey is holding a series of events to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup in which at least 260 people died and 2,196 were wounded.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 20:28 IST