Military Coup in Turkey
The attempt to overthrow the president and government of Turkey has failed. The military coup which started late Friday and quickly escalated to different parts of the country as military units took drastic measures to close key routes into Ankara and Istanbul. They also took control of all the state-run television stations.
The chaos created loads of clashes between those who were supporting the government’s ideology and those who were pro military coup, the Peace at Home Council. They also issued a statement through the military claiming that all they wanted was “to reinstall constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms as well as to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country.”
This comes after the country’s biggest source of revenue, tourism, being crippled by various terror attacks. Some critics also blame President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authoritarian rule for eroding democracy and secular laws.
So far at least 194 people have been killed and 2,000 military personnel detained by the Turkish government as others continue to surrender. Likewise, 16 coup plotters were killed and the colonels and generals implicated in the coup fired. Though there is still some unrest in other parts of the country, order is being restored slowly.
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also addressed people in Istanbul earlier today, condemning the actions and stating clearly that, “this government brought to power by the people is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything. ”
Secretary of State Jon Kerry described the situation in Turkey as very fluid and offered his support for the democratically elected civilian government and institutions through the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The State Department also urged Americans in Turkey to stay indoors and avoid and collision or protest within the country.
European Council President Donald Tusk also called for a swift return of Turkey’s constitutional order as it is a key partner of the European Union. “The European Union fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law.”