Turkey names street af­ter Mal­colm X

Kuwait Times - - Front Page -

ANKARA: Turkey yes­ter­day re­named the road where the new US em­bassy is to be lo­cated af­ter the Amer­i­can black Mus­lim civil rights cam­paigner Mal­colm X, its lat­est use of a po­lit­i­cally-loaded name for the street of a for­eign mis­sion. The new em­bassy build­ing, lo­cated in the Cuku­ram­bar dis­trict on the western out­skirts of Ankara, is on what is cur­rently named 1478 Street. But a meet­ing of the Ankara city coun­cil unan­i­mously de­cided to change the name to Mal­colm X Street. The name change comes af­ter Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan met the daugh­ters of Mal­colm X on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York last month. The state­ment by the Ankara mu­nic­i­pal­ity noted that Er­do­gan had promised to the daugh­ters that the name of Mal­colm X would “live on” in the Turk­ish cap­i­tal.

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