Diyarbakır puts up posters in Kurdish for Gallipoli anniversary
Posters in both Turkish and Kurdish depicting a photo of a man carrying a huge artillery shell during the Battle of Gallipoli on March 18, 1915, have been hung at various points around Diyarbakır to commemorate the anniversary of the Çanakkale War.
According to a report on the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation’s (TRT) news website, the Diyarbakır Governor’s Office put up 10 posters depicting Corporal Seyit, who is famous for having carried three 275-kilogram shells to an artillery piece during the Battle of Gallipoli. The governor’s office placed these posters in 10 different areas of the city, including outside of the governor’s office on Wednesday, just four days before the anniversary of the war on March 18.
The posters contain messages such as “Our unity would make them [martyrs and veterans of the war] happy,” and “Çanakkale victory gained by the alliance of hearts,” which are written in both Turkish and Kurdish.
Regarding the posters, Diyarbakır Deputy Governor Atalay Uslu said the Turkish nation went through an epic struggle during the Battle of Gallipoli, as people of various ethnicities fought together to win the war, and added that the Diyarbakır Governor’s Office had conducted a joint project with the Çanakkale Governor’s Office to portray the Çanakkale victory as an example of unity and togetherness between people of different ethnic backgrounds.
One Diyarbakır resident who asked not to be named said the posters are a sign of brotherhood, stating that “we are all proud of the people who fought and died during the Battle of Gallipoli, and may they rest in peace.”
The posters will stay up until Sunday.
Meanwhile, similar posters were also put up in Van by the Van Governor’s Office, containing the names and photos of those who died in the Battle of Gallipoli who were from Van.
The Battle of Gallipoli was fought on land and sea at Gallipoli (Çanakkale in Turkish) during World War I. The British and French were trying to take control of İstanbul as well as the Turkish straits to secure access to Russia. However, the campaign ended with heavy casualties on both sides — and left the veterans with many stories to tell their descendants.