BulgariaThe symbol of the resistance in ‘Türkan Baby‘, Edirnecommemorated in prayers
‘Turkan Bebek’, who was martyred in his mother’s arms in Bulgaria, was commemorated with a ceremony
EDİRNE – Bulgaria’s Kardzhali Türkan Feyzullah, known as the ‘Türkan baby’, who became a symbol of resistance during the totalitarian regime period after being martyred in her mother’s lap at the age of 17 months in the city, was commemorated in front of her statue in Edirne on the 38th anniversary of her death.
In the commemoration ceremony attended by many compatriots from Bulgaria, the poems recited by the cognate students in memory of Türkan Bebek had emotional moments. While the participants recorded this moment on their phones, they could not hold back their tears from time to time.
Türkan Feyzullah, who was shot and killed by Bulgarian soldiers when he was 17 months old in his mother’s arms during the protest march organized in Mogilyane village in Kırkova district of Kırcaali against the forced assimilation attempt implemented in Bulgaria in 1984, was commemorated in the park bearing his name in Edirne.
On the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the assimilation, by the Thrace Balkan Turks Culture and Solidarity Association. Immigrant The ceremony held in the park named after Türkan Bebek in the region called their home was held with intense participation. At the ceremony, which started with the presentation of wreaths, a moment of silence was observed and the National Anthem was sung.
Speaking at the ceremony, Edirne Governor Hüseyin Kursat Kirbiyikstated that they were happy on the one hand, and emotional on the other, because of the unity and solidarity experienced in this meaningful day.
“We know that there is a price to protect and develop the Turkish presence”
Governor Kırbıyık stated that as Turks, they have known throughout history that there is a price to be a Turk, to preserve and develop the Turkish existence. One of the most affected places in Edirne during the turbulent period and a city that has been occupied 4 times in a period of about 90 years, it is one of the cities that knows best what it means to be a homeland. SyriaWe have paid the price of being Turkmen in the north of Turkey, we have paid the price of being Turkish in Karabakh, the place has come. West ThraceWe paid this price. We paid this price in Bulgaria. We commemorate with mercy all our cognates, especially Türkan baby, who fought at the expense of their lives and became martyrs in order to protect and improve the existence of the Bulgarian Turks,” he said.
“Türkan is a symbol of identity defense”
Movement for Rights and Freedoms, formed by Turks who say that the name Türkan is a symbol of identity defense. Deputy Mukaddes Nalbant said, “Türkan is a symbol of identity defense. Türkan is a symbol of all of us. Meetings are held in Bulgaria every year and we commemorate the name Türkan.”
Cevat, the President of the Thrace Balkan Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, said that they organized the 10th Martyr Türkan Bebe commemoration event this year. Sunstated that they want to be in favor of unity and brotherhood in their hearts and to extend a helping hand to the Balkans in this framework.
After praying for the Türkan baby and martyrs, the protocol members, fellow students and citizens left carnations on the statue built in memory of Türkan Feyzullah.
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