President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to show no mercy to those trying to divide Turkey and foil all sorts of plots on the 951st anniversary of Malazgirt’s victory.
“We will show no mercy to anyone who tries to divide our country and overthrow our state,” Erdoğan said during ceremonies in the eastern province of the Malazgirt district of Muş on August 26.
The victory of Malazgirt in 1071 by the Seljuk Empire under the leadership of Sultan Alparslan against the mighty Byzantine Empire is believed to have opened the gates of Anatolia to Turks emigrating from Central Asia. Erdoğan and his closest ally, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli attended the two-day ceremonies in the region. Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the MHP are partners in the People’s Alliance.
“We will never forget Malazgirt and we will never let him be forgotten. We will always keep him alive in our hearts and minds,” the president said, describing the victory not just for Turks but for the entire Islamic world. “Malazgirt was the first and the mother of all the other victories we have had in this geography.”
The people of Türkiye must remain united and defend their unity, Erdoğan said. “We have no tolerance against any attack, game and conspiracy. We will not forgive anyone who targets our freedom which we symbolize with our flag.
Erdoğan recalled that Turkey will celebrate its centenary next year and that is why they announced the “2023 goals” ten years ago, saying, “We promised our people our 2023 goals. you ready to work for the 2023 elections as a People Alliance?
He recalled that Turkey will celebrate the 600th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul in 2053 and the 1000th anniversary of the victory of Malazgirt in 2071, stressing that this is why they are preparing the 2053 and 2071 visions for Turkey.
“Our recent history has marked the 19th century as the age of collapse and the 20th century as the age of resurrection. The 21st will see the rise of our civilization,” he noted.