Saturday, July 16, 2016

Turkish President Erdoğan Calls on Citizens to Flood Streets to Thwart Coup D'état

I have written a few blogs in a row about the terror attack in Nice, although there is other news going on around the world.

In another country recently hit hard by terrorism, there was an attempted coup d'état of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as people claiming to be ranking members of the army claimed to have seized control over the country, throwing it into immediate turmoil. They claimed that President Erdoğan had compromised Turkey's secular traditions.

For his part, Erdoğan blamed treason within the armed forces of the country, and vowed that this attempted coup d'état would be defeated. To that end, he called on the Turkish people to flood the streets and fight those seeking to try and overthrow the government, and thousands of his fellow countrymen took this to heart. Indeed, they went into the streets and fought those who tried to take over.

As of Saturday morning, the attempted coup d'état appeared to have failed. There was live footage of President Erdoğan's plane touching down at Ankara, and he was greeted enthusiastically by a large crowd. He gave an address from the airport, and again asserted that the coup attempt had failed, that he remained in control, and that those who had attempted to take power in the country would face severe consequences for their actions.

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