More than 250 people were killed and 2,000 injured as soliders tried to oust Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last July

The last time Gülzerin Kılıç saw her son was exactly a year ago – when he walked out of the house on the night of 15 July as tanks rolled on to the streets of Istanbul during the attempted military coup.

Mehmet, 22, died from a sniper’s bullet at the Bosphorus bridge as he marched to challenge the soldiers who had blockaded the thoroughfare, answering the call – along with thousands of his fellow citizens who took to the streets – to challenge the plotters and protect the democratically elected government.

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