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Turkey Names Street Leading to U.S. Embassy 'Malcolm X Road'

  • Turkey has used street name changes as political statements
  • Current U.S. embassy road was renamed after operation in Syria
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Turkey is renaming the street on which a new U.S. embassy is being built after the black Muslim civil rights leader Malcolm X, according to a story tweeted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

The Ankara municipal assembly decided by a unanimous vote to rename the street after an order from Erdogan, Haberturk TV reported. The Turkish president met with Malcolm X’s daughters in New York during a United Nations assembly meeting, it said, calling Malcolm X a symbol of "the struggle against racism." He was assassinated in 1965.