Life Stopped in Turkey at 09:05! For Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A minute of silence for the Great Leader Ataturk! At 09:05, life all over Turkey stopped.

On the 84th anniversary of the death of the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, life came to a standstill in all of Turkey. At 09:05, sirens sounded, flags were lowered to half-mast, all citizens stood in silence. Drivers who cut off contact with the July 15 Martyrs Bridge and all streets and streets got out of their vehicles.


Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is commemorated with ceremonies held all over the country on the 84th anniversary of his death. Like every year, life in Turkey stopped at 9 out of 5 this year.


Drivers remained silent, cutting off contact on all streets and avenues, especially the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, which has become the symbol of Istanbul.

Domestic and foreign ships passing through the Bosphorus sounded sirens. After a minute’s silence, the drivers got into their vehicles and left the bridge. Traffic on the bridge stopped for a minute.


In the busiest spots of Ankara, life stopped for a minute as a sign of respect for Ata.


At 09:05, when Atatürk passed away, citizens stood in silence on the streets and avenues of the capital, accompanied by the sound of sirens. The drivers got out of their vehicles and attended a minute’s silence.


At 09:05, the citizens of Çanakkale fell into silence with the sound of sirens. Citizens also commemorated Atatürk at sea on the Kilitbahir-Çanakkale ferry.


Some drivers honked the horns of their vehicles and accompanied the sirens. There were also citizens who were emotional at the moment of silence.

Gül Demirci

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