Social networking sites have caught fire in the last hours in the name of Turkish officer Omer Halis Demir, who is considered the epic icon of the failed coup in Turkey.
Thousands of Turkish citizens flocked a few days ago to his grave in the town of “Chukur Koyu”, in the district of Nigda state, central Turkey.
This picture is from his last minutes before he killed the leader of the group that stormed the headquarters of the Special Forces, the putschist Brigadier General Samih Tarazi The picture is for the martyr #Omar_Khalis_Demir One of the heroes of the Turkish special forces who refused to be a cog in a military coup machine that would swallow up his homeland and take it back to the dark ages of Turkey, or the current era of Egypt! pic.twitter.com/opjMPkMna8
— The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (@ERC_egy) July 15, 2021
Visitors to the grave of the martyred non-commissioned officer Omar Khalis Demir are baptized to read verses from the Noble Qur’an, and to pray for the martyr for mercy, recalling his great sacrifices for the sake of the Turkish nation and Prime Time Zone.
Who is the soldier Omar Khalis Demir?
Omar is a soldier of the Turkish Special Forces, who played an important role in thwarting the coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
This was by refusing to obey the orders of a military unit of the putschists that was seeking to control the headquarters of the Special Forces in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Where he refused to cooperate and took out his pistol and shot the commander of this unit dead, before he met the same fate.
Birth and upbringing
Omar Hassan Hussein Khalis Demir was born on the 4th of March 1974 in the village of Şukur Koyu near the town of Bur in the Nayda province in the highlands of central southern Anatolia in Turkey, to a Sunni Muslim family of nine members, one of whose seven sons was.
He grew up in his village, studied in its schools, married Khadija Khalis Demir, and had two children with her, Elif Nur and Doğan Ertuğrul.
Functions and Responsibilities
He joined the Turkish forces in 1996, with the rank of soldier, and held the rank of first sergeant in the Turkish Special Forces.
Demir’s story goes back to the night of the coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when a unit of the putschist forces led by Brigadier General Samih al-Tarazi arrived at the Special Forces headquarters in the Golbashi district of Ankara, and asked the conscript to hand over the headquarters to it in his capacity as Secretary of the Special Forces Commander.
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Khalis Demir had served with Brigadier General Tarazi in the ranks of the Turkish forces in Afghanistan, but that did not prevent him from rejecting his request to take over the headquarters, and told him that he had not received any instructions to do so from his leadership. Demir called his commander, who asked him not to hand over the headquarters, and assigned him to defend it.
Upon receiving the order to defend the headquarters, Halis Demir aimed his weapon at the head of the brigadier general, the commander of the coup unit, and rushed him with a bullet that killed him instantly, but the soldiers accompanying the brigadier shot him, which led to his death as well.
Turkish soldier Halis Demir has much credit for thwarting the coup; If he had complied with the revolutionaries’ request and handed over the headquarters of his forces, which was one of the first headquarters they planned to seize, they would have used it in sniping and assassination operations, and they would have hindered the movement of the special forces that played a major role in confronting the coup.
Demir became a national symbol, and his picture was uploaded during the days of “democracy preservation” activities that Turkey has experienced since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The name of the “martyr” Umar Halis Demir was also mentioned in the speeches of Turkish politicians, and turned into an icon of the modern Turkish Republic.
Demir died on the night of the coup attempt, and after security was established, the body of Omar Khalis Demir was transferred on July 17, 2016 to his hometown in the village of Shukr Koyo, where he was buried in front of the municipality building with the participation of more than five thousand mourners.
After prayers, his body was wrapped in the Turkish flag and carried on the shoulders of the soldiers in a large protocol military funeral before being buried in the cemetery of his village.
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