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Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildirim, announced this morning the failure of the military coup in Turkey and the Turkish government has regained control of the vital state facilities and the Turkish television in Ankara and Istanbul.
The military coup started late yesterday evening in an attempt by some officers in the army and air force to take control of the country, and it seemed like the coup will succeed after the takeover of the Turkish television building and forcing the presenter to read the coup statement in which they said they wanted to restore democracy and peace to the country, and declared in the statement the martial law and curfews.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was shown delivering a speech via Face time on “NTV” News television, where he called upon the Turkish people to go out into the streets, squares and airports to demonstrate and protest against the coup, and immediately the streets in Istanbul and Ankara began filling with people, cars, trucks and buses to paralyze the coup movement.
In spite of the coup officers attempt to disperse people by firing into the air and fly warplanes over the heads of the demonstrators and breaking the sound barrier in an attempt to scare the crowd and disperse them, people were not scared and did not leave the streets and squares, and thousands were seen entering Ataturk Airport in Istanbul after coup leaders declared seizure of the airport and stopping air traffic.
The coup attempt was rejected by all Turkish parties, including the opposition, as they insisted that change must come through democratic means and not by military coup.
Even high ranking officers of the military, navy and air force declared their loyalty to the legitimate government and they rejected the coup that was carried out by a small group of officers.
Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, issued an order to shoot down any fighter planes belonging to the coup, and stressed that the coup will fail thanks to the people of Turkey and their unity and standing next to the legitimate and democratically elected government.
Police and Turkish intelligence, in cooperation with the people, managed to regain control of vital state facilities and the building of the Turkish television this morning and announced the failure of the coup attempt, and the arrest of more than 1500 military personnel who participated in the coup and the death of 161.
In a related context, Greece announced that a Turkish military helicopter has landed on its eastern coast, carrying 8 military officers who have applied for political asylum in Greece, but Greece did not announce their names nor their military ranks, and Greek officials said that the asylum process is a complex and long process, and that there are political and diplomatic considerations with its neighboring Turkey that must be taken into account.