The Ankara Metropolitan Municipality has changed the names of streets and avenues that bear the last name of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who is accused by the Turkish government of mounting a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to Anadolu News Agency, seven streets and avenues in various districts of the capital Ankara have been renamed after a decision by the Municipal Council and approval of the governor’s office.
Streets and avenues named “Gülen” were renamed “Homeland,” “Crescent,” “Redflag,” “Motherland,” “Flag,” “Resurrection” and “Kayı.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP government have been pursuing a crackdown on the Gülen grup since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.
The group denies any involvement in the attempt.
According to a report issued by European Commission (EC) on April 17, 2018, over 150,000 people have been taken into custody, 78,000 arrested and over 110,000 civil servants have been dismissed since July 2016.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu stated last year that 234,419 passports have been revoked, eight holdings and 1,020 companies were seized as part of investigations into the group since the failed coup.