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Turkey hopes to set world record with 'human portrait' of founding father


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Turkey hopes to set world record with 'human portrait' of founding father

Thousands of people gathered in the Turkish capital to form a human portrait of the country’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, considered the founding father of modern Turkey.

People over the age of 13 were called on to wear black and join the event, which took place at the site of his mausoleum in Ankara.

Taking place on Turkey’s national Victory Day (August 26), the 6,000 participants hope the event will set a new Guinness World Record.

The celebratory day marks the 1922 Battle of Dumlupinar, one of the final battles in Turkey’s War of Independence.

Similar attempts took place in November 2012 and October 2013, however neither made it into the record books.

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