Turkey to inaugurate Democracy and Freedom Island off Istanbul this year
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said the island of Yassıada off Istanbul would be inaugurated as a new island of democracy and freedom by the end of the year, independent news site T24 reported
Located in the Sea of Marmara southeast of Istanbul, Yassıada came to be known for jails and trials from the May 27, 1960 military coup, including the imprisonment and trial of Turkey's first democratically elected Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. Menderes was deposed and hanged with two ministers.
Yassıada was renamed Democracy and Freedom Island in 2013.
The 18.3-hectare island has since been transformed and through an expansive complex, featuring a 125-room hotel, conference hall, museum, exhibition halls, museum, cafes and restaurants, T24 said.
‘’Through this initiative, Yassıada, where the democracy martyrs of the May 27 coup are kept, has transformed into history platform,’’ Erdoğan said.
The Turkish president also stressed that nobody could conduct a military coup in Turkey as the country grows stronger. ‘’It is all a matter of us gaining strength,’’ Erdoğan added.
Turkey has experienced multiple military coups during the past five decades with the latest attempt-taking place on July 15 2016. Over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 were injured during the failed putsch.
The government of Erdoğan has detained tens of thousands of his political opponents, as well as journalists and civil society groups and removed more than 130,000 people from their jobs, including academics and security officers.