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LIVE BLOG: Coup attempt in Turkey

LIVE BLOG: Coup attempt in Turkey
Middle East Eye brings you the latest news of the attempted military coup in Turkey

In summary:

  • Government says attempted coup by group within military has failed
  • Turkish parliament holds extraordinary session on Saturday morning
  • 2,839 rebel soldiers arrested across Turkey, official says
  • At least 265 people killed, including rebel soldiers and civilians
  • Turkish Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar rescued in operation at Akinci air base
  • Soldiers opened fire on protesters on Istanbul's Bosphorus bridges, but later surrendered
  • Officials say coup was instigated by a group within military, rather than the military itself
  • President Erdogan ordered supporters on streets in TV address made via iPhone
  • Erdogan says coup attempt is 'treason', and tells supporters to remain on streets
  • US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen denies any role in Turkish coup plot.

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Merkel, EU urge Erdogan to treat coup plotters lawfully
2 years ago

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and senior EU officials on Saturday condemned "in the strongest terms" the failed coup in Turkey, but called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to deal with the plotters lawfully.

The treatment "of those responsible for the tragic events of last night can and should only be handled according to the rule of law," she said after the coup bid, which left more than 250 people dead.

Several senior military figures, and a top judge have been detained since the coup attempt, and over 2,500 other judges across the country dismissed.

The government also said that almost 3,000 soldiers had been arrested in a major purge of the armed forces.

Addressing Erdogan but not mentioning him by name, Merkel said that "democracy, which respects everybody's rights and protects minorities, is the best foundation (for the rule of law)".

Germany stands by "all those who, in Turkey, defend democracy and the rule of law," she said, adding that political change should only take place through parliament.

Senior European figures echoed Merkel's message, with EU parliament president Martin Schulz stressing that the Turkish government "must not use this occasion to breach democratic rule, restrict freedom of speech and fundamental rights".

"One-man rule and arbitrary decisions are not acceptable in a country which is not only a strategic ally but also an accession candidate to the European Union," he said.

Earlier, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in a joint statement with the bloc's enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn, condemned the coup attempt and voiced support for Turkey's "democratic institutions".

The statement urged restraint from the police and security forces in their response to the coup plotters, "to prevent further casualties".

"Societal tensions can only be addressed through democratic processes," Mogherini said.

Egypt blocks UN resolution supporting Turkish government
2 years ago

Egypt on Saturday blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution backed by the United States condemning the attempted coup d'etat in Turkey, diplomats said.

The United States, following consultations with officials from key NATO ally Turkey, had proposed a draft statement calling on "all parties in Turkey to respect the democratically elected government of Turkey."

But Egypt, currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, objected.

Its relations with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been particularly tense.

Erdogan supports the Muslim Brotherhood of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed by the Egyptian army in 2013.

The Turkish leader has denounced that move as a "coup d'etat," drawing the wrath of the Egyptian general behind the ouster, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president.

During the UN debate, Egypt argued that it was "not for the Security Council to decide whether the government is democratically elected," and it demanded that the relevant language be deleted, a diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Despite US insistence, Egypt would not budge.

Turkey and several Security Council members including the United States worried the statement would have been too weak without wording explicitly supporting the Turkish government.

"So there won't be any statement," the diplomat said.

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Erdogan calls on US to extradite preacher Gulen in Istanbul speech
2 years ago

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged the United States to extradite the preacher Fethullah Gulen, who he accuses of masterminding the failed coup, to face justice in Turkey.

"The United States - you must extradite that person," he told thousands of supporters in Istanbul, referring to Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania and has denied any involvement in Friday's attempted coup.

Gulen said that he condemned the coup attempt "in the strongest terms".

"As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations," Gulen said in a statement late Friday.

"I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey," read the two-paragraph statement. 

"Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force. 

"I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly," he said.

Gulen, 75, was once a close ally of Erdogan but the two fell out in recent years as Erdogan became suspicious of Gulen's movement, Hizmet, and its powerful presence in Turkish society, including the media, police and judiciary.

The preacher moved to the United States in 1999, before he was charged with treason in his native country.

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2 years ago

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