10:39 Jul. 26, 2016
Bridge over Bosphorus strait is to be supposedly called in honour of victims of failed riot
Turkey is to rename a bridge over the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul after the victims of the failed July 15th coup bid aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the prime minister said on July 25th.
The bridge, opened in 1973 and known until now simply as Bosphorus Bridge, will now be known as July 15th Martyrs' Bridge, Binali Yıldırım told reporters after a late night cabinet meeting. He said that the bridge had been chosen to be renamed as it was the "first target of the coup plotters" on the night of July 15th, resulting in the deaths of several civilians.
The bridge - a key strategic point linking Europe to Asia - had been blocked by armed soldiers late on July 15th in one of the first signs to Istanbul residents a coup was in progress. Backed by attack helicopters, they fired on the crowds who converged on the bridge. The soldiers eventually surrendered on the bridge after being overwhelmed by sheer numbers protesting.