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Ankara (Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey)

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[Flag of Ankara]by Onur Özgün

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The flag dispute in Ankara

The governor of the Turkish capital Ankara has announced (July 4, 1995) that he will confiscate all the flags with the new city arms on it if they are hoisted. The city council of Ankara recently changed the model of the city flag. This flag first showed a Hettite sun, now a mosque. The change of the flag was proposed by the Muslim fundamentalists in the city council. In Turkey the governor has to approve any change of the flag. A protest campagne has started against the new flag by some inhabitants of Ankara.

Source: NRC Handelsblad (Rotterdam), 5 July 1995, citing AFP (Agence France Presse).

Jos Poels, 12 July1995

In the meantime, the Metropolitan Municipalty of Ankara uses the flag with mosque everywhere. The protest campaign continues but the Mayor does not want to change the emblem. The left parties claim that it is illegal to use the emblem but the Mayor has the power. I think the Municipality will continue using the current emblem unless a new Mayor from a different party comes in the next elections.

Onur Özgün, 17 November 2001

University of Ankara

[University of Ankara]by Onur Özgün

This emblem was also the former emblem of the University of Ankara.

Onur Özgün, 27 January 2002

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