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Turkey Begins Dismantling Monument

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP).- Workers have begun dismantling a giant sculpture meant to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia. Television footage on Tuesday showed a crane bringing down one of the two heads of the 35-meter (115-foot) stone sculpture which features a divided human figure, near the two nations’ border. The hulking monument had been criticized in Turkey because it overshadows an Islamic shrine in the area. During a visit to the site in January, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it a “freak,” prompting moves by local officials to have it removed. Artists campaigned unsuccessfully to save the monument. A prominent painter was stabbed and hospitalized last week after a speech in which he condemned plans to tear it down.