Turkish coup plotters who conspired against the government will be buried in a “traitors graveyard” where locals are encouraged to curse them.
Following the failed attempt, which left 294 people dead and another 1,500 others injured, cemeteries across Turkey have refused to take in bodies.
Now Istanbul’s mayor has allocated space for so-called dissenters to be buried in graves for “traitors”, after 104 plotters died when fighting broke out in the city along with Ankara.
Hundreds more could end up being buried as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers reintroducing the death penalty for those with ties to the plot.
Announcing plans to bury people killed in the coup attempt, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbas said: “I ordered a space to be saved and to call it “the graveyard for traitors.
“Everyone visiting the place will curse them and they won’t be able rest in their graves.”
The decision came after the mayor of Ordu, a port city on the Black Sea coastline, failed to provide burial plots.
As a result, the family of one of the dead took the body and buried it in their own garden.
Mr Topbas, a mayor over some 15million people, also claimed that even a cemetery of the nameless would not have been suitable for the coup plotters, as they should not be buried with religious people.
He added that plotters “won’t be saved from hell”, stating: “We need make the world unbearable for them.”
Soldiers with ties to the coup will also be denied a religious funeral service, except for those who were “forced” to take part.
Rebels claimed they were trying to protect citizens’ human rights
President Erdogan, meanwhile, is continuing with a national “purge.
So far 50,000 people have already been detained or suspended from their jobs.
Rebels who took part in the coup attempt have claimed they were trying to overthrow the government to “protect human rights”.
The so-called “Peace Council” added they wanted to restore democracy from Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, which has faced intense criticism over its brutal crackdowns on anti-government protesters.
But the Turkish president has blamed his old rival Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, US, for orchestrating the uprising.