Attempted military coup in Turkey

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge.

Ongoing updates and discussion on the attempted military coup in Turkey with contributions from working-class radicals on the ground.

A group of the Turkish Military "rebelled" (according to the PM) against the government as of July 15th, about 10PM. It is not clear if it succeeded or not yet. I will update as I learn more.

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mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 20:11

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mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 20:12

Sorry for the wording...

S. Artesian
Jul 15 2016 20:19

Thanks for the heads up.

Black Badger
Jul 15 2016 20:19

BBC has reported many different locations of gunfire in Ibstanbul...

mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 20:22

İ am in a central loc. İn İstanbul. Heard No gunfires. But helicopters are flying and the bridges are blocked by the military

syndicalist
Jul 15 2016 20:26

Both Harratz and The Telegraph reporting in on it.

Telegraph headline:


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Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard in Ankara and bridges across Bosphorus in Istanbul closed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/15/turkey-low-flying-jets-and-gu...

petey
Jul 15 2016 20:32
mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 20:31

It is still unclear if the coup has failed or succeeded. The Army General Staff just announced to coup a minute ago. The Prime Minister was just saying the it was attempted but failed. It seems the military is in control in the center of Ankara. That is a key administrative location where the national parliament, army/navy headquarters and many ministerial buildings are.

I feel as long as Erdogan does not appear, either as a prisoner of the Turkish army or from some hideout, the fate of the coup will remain unclear. I expect things to become clearer in a couple of hours.

Fleur
Jul 15 2016 20:41

Keep safe Mikail.

Ed
Jul 15 2016 20:46

Yes, keep safe Mikail. Also, has anyone heard from Devrim? There've been quite a few attacks since we last heard from him..

petey
Jul 15 2016 20:49

and Leo

mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 20:51

It is reported now that the coup is unhierarchical. Whoever attempted it, they are either not following orders from the General Staff or they are a minority within it. This means since, Erdogan is not captured yet, I fear, there is a chance that things can escalate into a civil war.

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 20:59

according to the Graun:

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Some more detail on the statement said to come from Turkey’s armed forces. They have reportedly said in emails reported on Turkish TV that they have taken power to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights.

They added that all of Turkey’s existing foreign relations would be maintained and that the rule of law would remain the priority. The Guardian has not seen the correspondence and, therefore, can yet verify where it has come from or on behalf of whom - exactly - it was sent.

petey
Jul 15 2016 21:00
mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 21:01

The guardian rep. is true. Some are reporting clashes btw. The army and the police

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:03

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-m...

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The full Turkish military statement reads: “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged.

“All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on holiday and outside the country. Reuters has quoted a source within his office as saying that he is safe.

Serge Forward
Jul 15 2016 21:04

Aye, keep safe, comrades in Turkey.

For those watching in GB, RT seems to be covering it closely.

radicalgraffiti
Jul 15 2016 21:04
Ed wrote:
Yes, keep safe Mikail. Also, has anyone heard from Devrim? There've been quite a few attacks since we last heard from him..

he posted on facebook about this a few minutes ago

Serge Forward
Jul 15 2016 21:09

Claims on RT that Erdogan has left the country.

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:13

according to the German-language Kurdish (close to PKK) website Kurdische Nachrichten - Nûçe - News:

AKP headquarter in Istanbul surrounded by the army

AKP calls for popular resistance against the coup

clashes between army and police in Ankara

petey
Jul 15 2016 21:14
Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:15

army announced nationwide curfew according to the leftwing German-Turkish journalist Kerem Schamberger

syndicalist
Jul 15 2016 21:15

safety and solidarity Turkish comrades

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:19

any interesting stuff from leftwing sites like Sendika or Bianet?

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:28

martial law declared and the new government calls itself "peace council"

Devrim
Jul 15 2016 21:21

I'm fine, safe at home, thanks for asking.
Devrim

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:23

some German leftwing sources speculate about an involvement of the Gülen movement

mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 21:27

Erdogan spoke from hideout via skype on tv. He was defiant and called for the "nation" to gather in town squares.

mikail firtinaci
Jul 15 2016 21:30

AKP people are claiming that this is a Gulenist coup. I would take this with a pinch of salt though. What is clear is that this is not a hierarchical, top-down coup.

Entdinglichung
Jul 15 2016 21:32

MHP opposes the coup according to Daily Sabah (pro-AKP-rag)

petey
Jul 15 2016 21:37
mikail firtinaci wrote:
Erdogan spoke from hideout via skype on tv. He was defiant and called for the "nation" to gather in town squares.

ah - not arrested then