Turkish government denies defacing or altering Gallipoli monument in ‘Islamist plot’

‘Turkish officials have denied an unverified Guardian report that they removed an inscription on a Gallipoli monument in a politically-motivated effort to reflect a more Islamist narrative of the World War I battle.

The Ataturk monument is a tribute to Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers who died in Gallipoli during the First World War, and features the words of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The Guardian reported sources in Australia and Turkey believe the restorations are politically motivated and will result in the words being changed to frame Gallipoli as a fight between jihadists and invading crusaders. Australian and New Zealand media have picked the story up.

Turkey’s Directorate of the Gallipoli Historic Site released a statement to quash the accusations Sunday.’

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