Turkish coup failure

It looks like the coup attempt in Turkey is over and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is back in control. That could mean even more draconian control then before.

There have already been severe restrictions on media and social media. That may get worse.

And the death penalty may be introduced fore those guilty of treason.

The Guardian summarises in Attempted coup in Turkey: what we know so far:

The attempted coup

  • An attempted military coup has apparently been defeated in Turkey, in a bid to oust the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accusing him of undermining the country’s secular traditions.
  • Erdoğan, who returned to Istanbul in the early hours of the morning from his holiday in the resort of Marmaris, said the attempted coup was “treason” undertaken by “a minority within our armed forces”.
  • The president urged people to take to the streets in defence of the government, prompting chaotic scenes as thousands protested alongside tanks.
  • Theprime minister, Binali Yıldırım, declared the first stage of the coup over and said coup fighters using military helicopters would be shot down.
  • There were mass surrenders in Istanbul, with about 50 soldiers on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul abandoning their tanks with their hands raised.
  • The head of the armed forces, General Hulusi Akar, who was reportedly taken hostage, has been freed.
  • But a pro-coup military faction insisted it would continue its fight and there were reports of ongoing clashes in Ankara, where a building in the parliamentary complex was bombed overnight.

Deaths and arrests

  • More than 190 people have been killed, according to General Umit Dundar, the acting chief of the general staff, including 41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as “coup plotters”. A further 1,440 people have been wounded.
  • Sixteen people involved in the attempted coup were killed in clashes at military police command, and 250 others arrested.
  • Separately, 13 soldiers who tried to storm the presidential palace in Ankara have been arrested.
  • In total, 2,839 members of the armed forces have been arrested, among them 29 colonels and five generals. Rear Admiral Nejat Atilla Demirhan and General Memduh Hakbilen, the chief of staff of Turkey’s command for the Aegean region, are said to be among those detained.

Erdoğan’s response

  • In a defiant address to supporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, Erdoğan said the armed forces needed to understand that they were not in charge of the state, saying the coup plotters had brought out tanks, but “my people” had taken them back.
  • In an earlier statement, the president said the failed coup represented an opportunity to “clean out” the armed forces.
  • He also accused “those in Pennsylvania” – that is, the cleric Fethullah Gülenand his supporters – of betraying the nation and orchestrating the coup.

Turkey on Saturday

  • Yildirim has called an emergency meeting in parliament on Saturday.
  • Flights were diverted from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport and departures cancelled after reports of explosions there but are now resuming.
  • Turkey has closed border crossings to Bulgaria, which said it was beefing up its own border controls.
  • Media outlets including CNN Turk that were shut down by soldiers during the attempted coup are returning to the air.
  • Authorities in Turkey may be blocking or slowing access to social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.

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