Saturday, October 28, 2006

Mega-flags to adorn Turkey for Republic Day ceremonies

Cities nationwide will be hanging over 3 million flags in the honor of the Turkish Republic's 83rd anniversary this weekend.

Especially the Istanbul Greater Municipality, which once adorned the highest hills of the city with 10 flags -- each weighing nearly 50 kilos -- will hang 120 posters of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on traffic crossovers bearing his saying, "Saving the republic is your sacred duty" to mark this Sunday, Oct. 29, Republic Day.

Several observers had criticized the huge flags of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, saying they could fuel nationalism by manipulating public sentiments.

Full article (The New Anatolian)

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