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In pictures: The Attempted coup in Turkey

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flies in to Istanbul and denounces a coup attempt which he termed “an act of treason” by a group.


The group in Turkey said it had taken control over the country, with troops deployed at main points in Istanbul, including the Bosphorus Bridge.


 

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A declaration which was made public on Turkish TV said a peace council controlled the country and was imposing a martial law amid curfew.


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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN Turk by mobile phone the act was by a “parallel structure” that would bring the essential answer.


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Erdogan said he would defeat the revolution by a small minority and insisted Turkish people to take to the streets and oppose the uprising.


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Turkish President said, “I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports. I never believed in a power higher than the power of the people.”


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Several Erdogan supporters turned out on Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, with reports of deadly clashes and gunfire.


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Gunshots and explosions were even reported in Turkish cities, including reports of at least two explosions at a parliament building in Ankara.


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The world leaders called for an end to violence in Turkey, with the US saying the democratically chosen government in the country should be respected.


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Images and videos posted on social media showed casualties lying in the streets as people in the streets of Ankara took cover from gunfire.


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A huge number of people also demonstrated outside Ataturk international airport, in Istanbul.


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Later, a Turkish TV showed President Erdogan arriving at the Ataturk airport, where he spoke to media in a press conference.


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