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    Loud explosion at ataturk airport, did they get erdogan?
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    (Original post by TelAviv)
    WEW! Looks like someone's doing airstrikes
    The coup plotters were hoping the initial seizure would cause the government to fall. It didn't and AKP supporters came out on to the streets; for a while the plotters seemed not to know what to do, but it's clear they've made a decision now to see this through.

    The military is clearing AKP supporters off the streets in Ankara, shooting them if necessary. There's also reports of gun battles at Istanbul airport so it's unclear whether Erdogan has succesfully got out of there / landed.

    The Erdoganists tried to depict the coup as having failed, that was clearly very premature.
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    CNN Turkey is down (afaik they hosted the FaceTime call with Erdogan). All staff ordered to evac.
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    BBC is so backwards, buying the claim that the coup is "winding down now". Ffs get with the programme
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    We can only hope its a coup, anything is better than Erdogan (an increasingly Islamist and anti-secularist president who is strongly concentrating power around himself)

    Friday night is always the best time for a coup, imo, since things can settle down before the working week

    Edit: here's the Reddit live thread. https://www.reddit.com/live/x9gf3donjlkq

    Summary: Looks like a group (now looks like the land and air leaders) in the Turkish military took their head general hostage, taken over TV stations, airport, bridges, shot down a police helecopter, called a curfew and martial law, social media partially blocked. The military statement is that secularism needs to be restored. Erdogan's party called for people to get on the streets (something that they had previously banned). Unfortunately Erdogan is apparently safe, and his PM is and has been claiming for a while that the coup has failed. Erdogan has issued a statement from an undisclosed secure location. Turkish Army shot pro-Erdogan fanatic who ran at army positions screaming "Allahu Akbar". Mosques are supporting Erdogan, relentlessly calling prayer, in order to get people into the streets. Explosions heard at news agency. Military helicopter fired at surface. Some soldiers have been arrested by the police (lol). Shooting at airport. Erdogan supporters clashing with army, shouting "Allahu Akbar". Clashes between pro-Erdogan and pro-military protesters. Some police killed in attack on police special forces headquarters, while some pro coup protesters have been killed by pro-government protesters, and some pro-government protesters have been injured by the military.

    Turkey's military does not answer to its president like many other countries. They serve to maintain the vision of the country's founder, the secularist Attaturk, who was determined that Turkey be a westernised state - he removed Islam as the state religion, adopted the Gregorian calendar, etc.. The current president, Erdogan, has been pushing more and more islamist-focused laws (control of the media, things like that). This goes against the secular-focus of the country's founding.The military has decided the president needs to be removed, and have staged a coup to accomplish this. This is not unique in Turkey's history, their military has done this a few times in the past for the same reasons. Presumably, the military's goal is to put someone more secular in power of the government.The police in Turkey work for the government. So they are fighting against the military currently.

    Note also that there is mandatory military service in Turkey, while the police are seen as corrupt, so the public is generally supportive of the military, excluding islamists and other supporters of Erdogone.

    The 1st army command is pro-government, as is the special forces commander

    Also, Syrians are partying, they are very happy about this coup.
    The coup announced sharia law...is that any better than the current regime?
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    Erdogan propogandist and his 16 year old son killed by soldiers apparently.
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    (Original post by trustmeimlying1)
    The coup announced sharia law...is that any better than the current regime?
    Reliable source pls
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    Reports of a huge explosion at Ataturk airport just as Erdogan had landed
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    (Original post by trustmeimlying1)
    The coup announced sharia law...is that any better than the current regime?
    What on earth are you talking about? They clearly announced they were Kemalist
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    (Original post by TercioOfParma)
    Erdogan propogandist and his 16 year old son killed by soldiers apparently.
    The coup plotters have made the decision now to do whatever it takes, after a couple of hours of dithering.
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    (Original post by TelAviv)
    WEW! Looks like someone's doing airstrikes!
    Some reports saying parliament building being bombed.
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    Gunshots in the CNN STUDIO! ****
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    (Original post by AlexanderHam)
    What on earth are you talking about? They clearly announced they were Kemalist
    Theyve announced both then. Ive gotten this from BBC. Mixed reviews out atm then.
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    (Original post by Al-farhan)
    Some reports saying parliament building being bombed.
    Definitely been bombed, I saw a video from inside the parliament. The parliamentarians were making speeches, clapping each other and cheering Erdogan and then a bomb hit, stuff started falling from the ceiling and they all freaked out
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    (Original post by trustmeimlying1)
    Theyve announced both then. Ive gotten this from BBC.
    Announced when on the BBC? By who?

    I'm unaware of any statements having been made by the coup leaders since they announced a Peace Council to be formed under Kemalist principles
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    Reuters said that soldiers gave up their weapons to the police in Istanbul?
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    (Original post by Josb)
    Reuters said that soldiers gave up their weapons to the police in Istanbul?
    Yes, seen that live on Al-jazera.
    Taqsim square.
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    Some of the best information is at LiveUAMap. Go to their Turkey page
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    (Original post by Josb)
    Reuters said that soldiers gave up their weapons to the police in Istanbul?
    About 30 soldiers did. A small part of the overall coup forces.

    But there are gun battles and bombings right now in Ankara as different forces fight for control of the capital. Much more important than what's happening in Istanbul
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    (Original post by trustmeimlying1)
    The coup announced sharia law...is that any better than the current regime?
    No they didn't.
 
 
 
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