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Erdoğan Survives Putsch in Turkey

The president’s supporters take to the streets and defeat an attempted military coup.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan observes a military ceremony, July 9, 2015
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan observes a military ceremony, July 9, 2015 (Turkish Presidency)
  • 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.