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Jul 16, 2016

Failed Military Coup In Turkey

Failed Military Coup In Turkey

Turkey was subject to a military coup last night. The faction of the military which staged the coup said it wanted to restore freedom and democracy (which had been hollowed out by current ruler Erdogan and his political party).
Erdogan in turn took to social media, a medium he has so often blocked when his opponents used it to challenge him, to urge his supporters to take to the streets and oppose the coup factions.
Hundreds of thousands of Turks did just that and with the help of the (loyal to the ruling party and president) police force the coup was quickly and swiftly dealt with.
It will be interesting to see if Erdogan grabs this opportunity of chaos to even further increase his influence and power to almost dictator levels.

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Police officers stand guard near the Turkish military headquarters in Ankara TUMAY BERKIN/REUTERS

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Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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Turkish military stand guard in the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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Turkish police officers stand by a car near the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Stuck cars are seen on the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Turkish military stand guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to media in the resort town of Marmaris KENAN GURBUZ/REUTERS

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Turkish military stand in front of the Republic Monument at the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan are dispersed with shots in the air by the military at the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A man lies in front of a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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A man stands near a car which was crushed by an armoured vehicle in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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A crowd forms in front of a Turkish armoured vehicle at Ataturk airport in Istanbu STRINGER/REUTERS

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People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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People help an injured man near the Taksim Square in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A man stands in front of a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Turkish army tank drives on a street in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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People surround a Turkish army tank in Ankara TUMAY BERKIN/REUTERS

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People surround a Turkish army tank in Ankara TUMAY BERKIN/REUTERS

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A crowd passes a wrecked police vehicle near military headquarters in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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A crowd gathers near a wrecked police vehicle at military headquarters in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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A crowd carries a Turkish flag in the resort town of Marmaris KENAN GURBUZ/REUTERS

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People take cover near a bridge during an attempted coup in Istanbul YAGIZ KARAHAN/REUTERS

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Still frame taken from video shows a soldier and a man on a military vehicle trying to calm AK Party supporters, during an attempted coup, in Istanbul REUTERS TV/REUTERS

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People demonstrate outside Ataturk international airport during an attempted coup in Istanbul HUSEYIN ALDEMIR/REUTERS

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Turkish soldiers surrender their weapons to policemen during an attempted coup in Istanbul's Taksim Square MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Turkish soldiers surrender to policemen during an attempted coup in Istanbul's Taksim Square MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A cat looks on as a policeman aims his weapon during an attempted coup, in Istanbul, Turkey KEMAL ASLAN/REUTERS

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People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul HUSEYIN ALDEMIR/REUTERS

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A military aims his weapon on top of a tank during an attempted coup in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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Still frame taken from video shows Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan speaking via a Facetime video connection to address the nation during an attempted coup, in Marmais REUTERS TV/REUTERS

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Turkish President Erdogan addresses during an attempted coup in Istanbul HUSEYIN ALDEMIR/REUTERS

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An injured man is attended during an attempted coup in Ankara STRINGER/REUTERS

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An injured man is carried away during an attempted coup in Istanbul YAGIZ KARAHAN/REUTERS

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A police armored vehicle uses a water cannon to disperse anti-goverment forces on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Turkish President Erdogan is seen amid his supporters at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul HUSEYIN ALDEMIR/REUTERS

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Plain clothes policemen are seen on a street in the resort town of Marmaris KENAN GURBUZ/REUTERS

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People take cover as shots are fired in Ankara TUMAY BERKIN/REUTERS

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A civilian beats a soldier after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Policemen protect a soldier from the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Soldiers push each other to board a bus to escape the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Policemen protect a soldier from the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A man takes a selfie in front of a tank after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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A civilian beats a soldier after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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Women stand behind a military vehicle in front of Sabiha Airport, in Istanbul BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Policemen stand atop military armored vehicles after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

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