Turkey was experiencing a military coup, however it didn’t succeed. While the control of Turkey is in which hand is not yet clear. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV appearing among a crowd of supporters out of the airport, which the coup plotters had failed to secure. “The uprising was an act of treason, and those responsible would pay a heavy price,” he later told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference. However Turkish military chief or his statement has still not found. So far, around 60 people have been killed since the coup attempt. 17 of those who died were military officers connected to the coup. According to the last news, part of the rebel army began to surrender. Turkey administration says, 350 people have been arrested, 754 people have been detained.
Friday night, military started to take control of some cities, including the Turkish capital, Ankara, Istanbul. Soldiers took up positions in both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara and ordered state television to read out a statement declaring they had taken power. Turkish national television and Ankara airport were occupied. Army tanks come out of the Turkey Parliament. Gunfire and explosions had rocked both cities in a chaotic night. A section of the crowd came down to the road supporting Erdogan and was aimed by army bullet. Army to protect democracy and human rights on the part of the military coup was to be announced. But it was later revealed that a part of the army is associated with the coup. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim refused to accept it as a coup. According to him, it’s an army mutiny.
At least 42 people were killed in the attacks in the Capital. 12 people were killed after Turkish Parliament in Ankara was hit by bombing. The coup attempt began late Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated.” Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul’s airport for a couple of hours, before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency. But the military did not appear unified, with top commanders taking to television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks. “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this,” Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the commander of the military Special Forces, told the private NTV television by telephone.
Turkey has military coup in the past. But cause of Friday’s rebellion, is not yet clear. It is unclear which of the soldiers involved. But Erdogan’s policy made instability in Turkey. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party in Turkey is all in all. The group, established on the basis of Islam. The more his power got intensity; it created more instability in Turkey. Secular Turkey was allegedly moving towards Islam by Erdogan’s hand. In addition, from the beginning, he wanted to keep away Turkish soldiers from politics. Because of the huge popularity of his, soldiers could not lift their head against.
A lawyer for the Turkish government says “there are indications of direct involvement” in the coup attempt of a cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania. Robert Amsterdam said in a statement Friday evening that he and his firm “have attempted repeatedly to warn the US government of the threat posed” by Fethullah Gulen and his movement. Y. Alp Aslandogan of the New York-based Alliance for Shared Values said “we categorically deny such accusations and find them to be highly irresponsible.”
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said, “Very concerned by events unfolding in #Turkey. Our Embassy is monitoring the situation closely. Brits should follow FCO website for advice.” US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday night about events in Turkey and agreed that all parties there should support the democratically elected government, show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed, the White House said. “The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of US citizens in Turkey. The president asked the secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds,” the White House said in a statement.
Turkish military declares takeover of country (Special coverage)