Turkey is set to officially mark the 93th anniversary of its republic’s founding day on Oct. 29, with celebrations for the day being excluded from a security-motivated ban on public events that the government imposed on the capital Ankara.
Republic Day will officially be celebrated as crowds in Ankara and other cities are expected to hit the streets after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the ban on public gatherings in Ankara and the southeastern province of Gaziantep would not affect the Oct. 29 events.
“Citizens who want to visit Anıtkabir can do so on Nov. 10,” Soylu told reporters, referring to the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, adding that official ceremonies and events, including Oct. 29 Republic Day, were “separate cases.”
The ministry had introduced bans on public gatherings and marches in Ankara until Nov. 30 and in Gaziantep until Oct. 31, citing security concerns.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) had announced that it would march to Anıtkabir to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on Oct. 29, despite the ban.
President Recept Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar all issued statements on Oct. 28 to mark Republic Day.