ANZAC service : Turkey detains IS member suspected of planning an attack
April 24, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Turkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack a World War One commemoration at Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders, local police said on Wednesday.
The suspect, a Syrian national, was detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula, a Tekirdag police spokesman said.
The man was detained on suspicion of plotting an attack during international commemoration ceremonies held April 24-25 in western Çanakkale. Every year, Australians and New Zealanders travel to Turkey for memorial services on April 25 commemorating the failed 1915 military campaign by ANZAC and allied forces to drive Ottoman troops from Gallipoli and the Dardanelles region.
This year, the 104th anniversary of the first landing by ANZAC troops will be marked. In the eight-month campaign, more than 44,000 British, Irish, French, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and Canadian troops and nearly 87,000 Ottoman soldiers were killed. Between 1200 and 1500 New Zealanders are expected at this year’s service, remembering those from Australia and New Zealand lost in World War I.
Turkish nationals won’t be joining ANZAC Day commemorations at the Gallipoli Peninsula after a directive from their government. In the aftermath of the March 15 terror attack in Christchurch, in which 50 people died, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew criticism by using the shooter’s video in a campaign rally, and threatening New Zealanders who go to Gallipoli “with bad intentions”.
New Zealand Government representatives at Gallipoli said keeping Turkish citizens away from the memorial “isn’t unprecedented”, and similar decisions have been made in previous years. They could not comment on whether it was related to the mosque shootings, saying they were at the mercy of the decisions of the Turkish Government.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Kiwis have flocked to the historic site. The Gallipoli Peninsula is now awash with New Zealand beanies, silver fern brooches and small, felt poppies.
Flags of the Antipodes flutter from restaurants and hotels bear names like “Kangaroo” in Eceabat and Canakkale, two of the closest cities to the battlegrounds.
A merry feeling of camaraderie fills the buses, and those who’ve known each other a few hours are suddenly close friends.
However, some tour guides at the ANZAC Cove site on Tuesday, as preparations were underway, said many people had canceled their trips after the Christchurch terror attack.
One guide, who asked not to be named, said the company he worked for had fielded several cancellations over security concerns. He said he was disappointed he couldn’t attend the service this year, as he had done for 22 years prior. “It is sad. This is my place, this is my life,” he said. Two million Turks came to pay their respects at the sites each year, he said.
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Main Source: Reuters
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