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

(Bloomberg) -- 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.

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

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.

Turkey has in the past used the naming of streets housing diplomatic missions to make political statements.

Following a tweet by the United Arab Emirates foreign minister that appeared to criticize an Ottoman Turkish military commander, Fahreddin Pasa, Turkey renamed the UAE embassy’s street after him. And the current U.S. embassy’s street was changed to "Olive Branch Road" in February, a reference to the Turkish military operation in Syria against the Kurdish YPG, a group allied with the U.S. but which Turkey views as a terrorist organization.

In response to Donald Trump’s comments when he proposed a Muslim immigration ban in his campaign for the presidency, Erdogan also demanded that the now-President’s name be removed from signs around Trump Towers in Istanbul. His name remains on view, but last month the Istanbul municipal assembly voted to remove it from the metro underpass leading to the Trump complex.

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