[Developing situation] Military coup in Turkey


(CNN) Some Turkish military units have attempted an uprising that will be not allowed to succeed, the country’s prime minister said late Friday in a phone interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber.

A report from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said military-appearing jets had been flying low over the city and over Istanbul for about an hour.

Two bridges in Istanbul are closed in one direction by the military.

Turkish military are secular, while the politicians have gone ever-more strict Islamic.  President Erdogan is an Islamist, so they appear to be acting against him.

This article will be updated as more information comes in.

  • Coup attempt by parts of Turkish military against Erdogan
  • PM Yildirim: Nothing will harm Turkish democracy
  • Low flying jets and gunfire heard in Turkish capital
  • Both of Istanbul’s bridges across the Bosphorus closed

Turkey’s top general ‘held hostage’

Reports on Turkish state news agency that the country’s top general ‘held hostage’ at military HQ.

Dorian Jones a British journalist based in Istanbul said:

“Tanks are seen in the streets. There are reports of clashes between the police and the army,” he told Sky News, adding there were also reports that police guarding the presidential palace had been disarmed.

“I have been speaking to various friends across the city, some are reporting that they are hearing gunfire in the streets.”

Turkish military claims to have overthrown Erdogan and taken control of country

In a statement, the Turkish military says the rule of law must remain the priority.

“The power in the country has been seized in its entirety,” said the military statement read on NTV television, without giving further details. The military’s website was not immediately accessible.

State TV TRT reportedly off the air.


All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled, a Reuters witness said on Friday, citing a pilot, after the military said it had taken control of the government.

A source from the presidential office has told Reuters that Erdogan is “safe”.



Turkish Military have released a statement saying they have secured full control of the country. Erdogans lap dog PM is defiant. Military say all international relations will be maintained, and that constitutional order, democracy human rights and freedoms will be fully restored
Hard to tell who is in control yet.



Erdogan is giving his first statement

The president says this is an act encouraged by ‘parallel structure’ in interview with CNN.

He states it is an uprising attempt by a minority within the military.

Turkey’s Erdogan urges people to take to streets

The president says he does not believe the coup will be successful and has urged people to take to the streets.

So he wants unarmed people to become martyrs against a well armed military

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged people to take to the streets to protest against what he described as a coup attempt by a minority faction within the military, vowing that it would meet with a “necessary response”, Reuters reports

He told a CNN Turk reporter via cellphone that Turkish people must gather in public squares to show their response to the attempted military takeover, in comments broadcast live on television.

Erdogan said he believed the attempted coup would be over within a “short time” and said those responsible would pay a heavy price in the courts.

He said the act was encourage by the “parallel structure” – his shorthand for followers of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who he has repeatedly accused of attempting to foment an uprising among his followers in the judiciary and the military.

 Report from a tourist in Istanbul

Once we heard the military were taking over we thought we’d better get back to the hostel.

The streets were crazy, all the cars were going at about 100 miles per hour. It is so chaotic.

Everyone is on edge. No one knows whether to trust the police and whose side they are on. I’ve been told to stay away from government buildings.

Everyone was running and shouting, trying to hitchhike because everything had stopped, there was no public transport.


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