Friday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey has announced that military forces have attempted a coup to remove the government of his administration and instill a military state. Yildirim stated, “some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command.” Continuing, the Prime Minister said, “the government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.” Yilidrim continued that,” “Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price,” he added, saying it would not be correct to describe the move as a “coup”.
According to reports on Twitter, Breaking News Feed, they are reporting on this volatile and developing story. The Breaking News Feed is reporting that explosions have been reported at police special operations headquarters located in Ankara. The report also states that the Turkish Army has announced it has taken over the entire authority in the entire nation of Turkey which the government is denying. There have been other news reports that news footage of tanks and soldiers taking over the Ataturk Airport.
Communications such as television, the internet and telephone service has been suspended in much of the country. According to CNN, “A report from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said military-appearing jets had been flying low over the city and Istanbul for about an hour.” CNN is also reporting that “two bridges in Istanbul are closed in one direction by the military. Cars are flowing from the European side of the city to the Asian, but soldiers and military vehicles are blocking the path to the European side.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came to power in 2002 as the Prime Minister then he became the country’s first elected president in 2014. Erdogan has increased the power of the Prime Minister’s office since coming into office. When first elected the office of the Prime Minister as merely ceremonial. Turkey has had a history of coup attempts, the last time being carried out in 1997, which forced the resignation of then-prime minister Nemettin Erbakan.
Erdogan has come under fire for restrictions that have been placed on citizens such as freedom of speech. Erdogan has been accused of bringing an increasingly religious bent to the Turkish government.A statement from the Armed Forces stated that this military coup was taken and necessary to “reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms.”
It has been announced on MSNBC that President Erdogan is now seeking asylum in Germany. According to news sources, the military has, also, taken over state-run TV channel TRT, and is issuing statements through the network.
Update: 6:42 P.M. EST, The private Turkish Dogan news agency is reporting that the military has deployed tanks outside the parliament building in Ankara, according to AFP. According to Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus made in comments on live television, Turkey’s50 P.M. ruling AK Party is still in charge of the government. Tanks are being surrounded by civilians as protesters take to the street.
Update 6:50 P.M. EST, According to Breaking News Feed, via Twitter, ” Mosques in Turkey call people to take the streets in the name of ‘God and Quran.” Also according to Twitter, there have been reports of people being shot down on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. Tanks rolling in as military attempts coup.
Update 8:25 P.M. EST, Turkey’s National Intelligence Unit claims that the coup is over, but confrontations between the military and demonstrators continue.
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