Turkish President Claims Government Back In Control After Military Coup Fails

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted that the government remains in charge and the military coup attempt is now over.

Erdogan denounced the military takeover attempt as an ‘act of treason’, as a part of the armed forces tried to seize power last night, with reported gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul.

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The BBC reports that the situation is still confused, but Turkey’s foreign ministry said the coup attempt was now over and had been ‘foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity.’

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At least 190 soldiers and civilians are dead and more than 1,000 have been wounded following the brawls, with over 1,500 soldiers since being arrested.

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Dramatic images showed dozens of soldiers walking away from their tanks with their hands up on one of Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridges, after they had closed it off to traffic all night.

This coup included attempted raids on news stations including CNN Türk, Hurriyet and the state-run TRT TV , but they’ve all since resumed broadcasting.

Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport is now under army control, and flights have now resumed.

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These dark events began unfolding on Friday evening, as tanks blocked bridges in Istanbul and troops were sent out onto the streets.

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Shortly after this, a faction of the army released a statement claiming that a ‘peace council’ was running the country and there would be a curfew and martial law imposed.

The group said it had launched the coup ‘to ensure and restore constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms’.

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During this time, President Erdogan was in the holiday resort of Marmaris and made a televised address to Turkish citizens to take to the streets and fight the uprising.

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Many pro-government protestors took to the streets to confront soldiers, as clashes broke out in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

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It still remains to be seen who was behind the coup, but Turkey claimed it was a ‘clique within the armed forces’ who tried to overthrow the government.

President Erdogan blamed a ‘parallel structure’, in a reference to Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, he accuses of stirring up the unrest.

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But in a statement, Gulen rejected the links, adding that he condemned, ‘in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey’.