Anzac Cove controversy: Memorial honouring Australian soldiers removed by Turkish Government ‘to make way for Islamist inscription’

A renovation of an Anzac Cove memorial honouring Australian soldiers may be replaced by an inscription that reflects the Turkish Government’s Islamic interpretation of the role diggers played in the Gallipoli invasion.

A photograph shared on social media on May 19 shows a destroyed monument with words attributed by Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk scratched out.

Destroyed Anzac Cove Monument

His words compared Australia’s deceased ‘Johnnies’ to the Ottoman’s ‘Mehmets,’ and gave them his blessing to be buried in his country.