(Hurriyet Daily News) A total of 1,150 policemen stand guard at Turkey’s newly built 1,150-room presidential palace, which has caused debates with its humongous size and cost.
Some 50 million Turkish Liras were spent on the high-tech security system of the palace, which is frequently praised by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to sources.
The policemen, who more than double the 450 guards at former presidential palace Çankaya in number, are on duty 24 hours, both inside the palace and outside the courtyard, as it is located inside a forested area in the capital city of Ankara and has a fence surrounding about five kilometers. Some 3,000 surveillance cameras help oversee this area, demanding a huge investment in equipment and the infrastructure to control it.
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