According to “The New York Times,” Turkey’s armed forces seized control of the country, on June 15, 2016. Using FaceTime, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out and said he is safe but is not giving out his location. For Erdogan to be forced to communicate through the internet and FaceTime, it is important to note because he has been described one of the world’s most determined internet censors. In the past, he shut down access to services like Twitter and YouTube.
Hostages have been taken at the military headquarters in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. There are also reports of a military helicopter attacking police headquarters. Access to social media has been off and on, or perhaps people were blocked from use entirely.
The events began late Friday night, 10 p.m. EEST. The military began to stop traffic crossing two of Istanbul’s bridges. The bridges cross the Bosporus Strait and connect the European and Asian sides of the city.
The abrupt turnabout in Turkey is because Erdogan has been battling lethal extremists from an Islamic State militant group. He has been struggling to help thousands of refugees from the war in their neighboring country Syria, along with fighting with Kurdish rebellion in Southeast Turkey.
There have been unconfirmed reports of military troops firing at civilians who were protesting the coup attempt. No further information on the condition of civilians, who may have been wounded.
Update: According to “The New York Times,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul. A large crowd of supporters met the president at the Ataturk Airport.
There is an estimate of 150 people injured. There is no information about the death toll. At least, 12 Turkish Police officers were killed when a helicopter opened fire at police headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara.
The Turkish Prime Minister reports the arrest of 120 alleged coup participants.
This is an unfolding situation. The Public Slate will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
The New York Times: Martial Law Declared in Turkey Amid Military Coup Attempt
Engadget: Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during military coup
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