Friday, July 15, 2016

Coup taking place in Turkey

(Istanbul) Reports are coming in that the Turkish Military (or parts of) have instigated a coup against the Islamic (Justice and Development Party) Government. Elements of the Military have been reported to have taken control of strategic points around the country with tanks and troops on the streets. Airports closed and bridges blocked. The military group has made a statement on national broadcaster TRT, read by an announcer, which said that democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government. There would be a new constitution, it said. Martial law has been imposed and a curfew declared across country.

Pocket dictator President Tayyip Erdogan is currently out of the country, which possibly was the trigger for the military to make its move. He has spoken to his followers to congregate at public places in which to support him and his Islamist government. Access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube was restricted in Turkey on Friday, shortly after news broke that the military coup was under way, according to two internet monitoring groups.

Troops have moved on mass to disarm the police. However, some have refused and have taken to fighting back.

Tanks on the streets of Istanbul
Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul. 
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge.