Erdoğan Survives Putsch in Turkey
The president’s supporters take to the streets and defeat an attempted military coup.
- A faction of the Turkish military has tried and failed to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
- Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said fewer than 3,000 soldiers were involved in the putsch. A similar number was later said to have been arrested.
- Late on Friday, soldiers barricaded access to the major crossways over the Bosphorus in Istanbul and seized the city’s airport. Tanks strafed parliament in Ankara.
- Supporters across the country heeded Erdoğan’s call to take to the streets and resist the coup attempt. Soldiers surrendered to the crowds and police overnight.
- Erdoğan and his allies have accused Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating the coup from abroad.