Dramatic Moments From The Failed Coup Attempt In Turkey

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Ramsha Sadiq Khan
Thousands of civilians ignored the military’s call for curfew and took to the streets, causing the rebel army faction to relinquish control.

Reuters

It was a long night for the residents of Turkey, who fearlessly marched onto the streets with their national flags held high, and fought back against the rebel army faction that attempted to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s civilian government.

Crowds of anti-coup protesters – including women, children and the elderly – defied the military curfew on Friday night and occupied the TV station and other government buildings previously under the control of the coup forces.

The civilians swarmed around military vehicles, and in some cases, even lay down in front of them.

“They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge,” Erdogan told a large crowd of supporters outside Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Saturday. “They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.”

More than 161 people have died including civilians, while 104 “coup plotters” have also been killed, according to the acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Authorities have reportedly arrested more than 2,800 military personnel. 

Here are some dramatic moments from the unsuccessful coup attempt:

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A man lies in front of a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul

Turkish army tank

People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul

Supporters of Tukish President

Supporters of Tukish President Tayyip Erdogan march in Marmaris

military vehicle

People try to stop a military vehicle in Ankara

People wave flags

People wave flags after occupying the Taksim Square in Istanbul

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A crowd carries a Turkish flag in the resort town of Marmaris

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An injured woman draped in a Turkish flag is checked by others near military headquarters in Ankara

Supporters of Tukish President

Supporters of Tukish President Erdogan celebrate after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Men sit atop a military vehicle

Men sit atop a military vehicle in front of Sabiha Airport, in Istanbul

Women wave Turkish flags

Women wave Turkish flags after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

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Several people also took to Twitter to highlight some powerful images and discuss the current political situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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