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:
A man lies in front of a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul
People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk airport in Istanbul
Supporters of Tukish President Tayyip Erdogan march in Marmaris
People try to stop a military vehicle in Ankara
People wave flags after occupying the Taksim Square in Istanbul
A crowd carries a Turkish flag in the resort town of Marmaris
An injured woman draped in a Turkish flag is checked by others near military headquarters in Ankara
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 in front of Sabiha Airport, in Istanbul
Women wave Turkish flags after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul
Several people also took to Twitter to highlight some powerful images and discuss the current political situation.
A group of soldiers, including high-ranked ones, taken into custody by police units pic.twitter.com/dZFhQtv9RC— Mehmet Solmaz (@MhmtSlmz) July 16, 2016
Wow. Police taking soldiers into custody and trying to protect them from civilians trying to beat them. https://t.co/k5EvSSxJ64— Shaheryar Mirza (@mirza9) July 16, 2016
I can't even imagine being in their shoes.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 16, 2016
Think of the bravery of Turkish dissidents, journalists, politicians & citizens opposing a coup that's trying to remove a govt they despise.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 16, 2016
The Turkish military has long been a bastion of secular nationalist sentiment. Secular nationalist, in Turkey, does not equal democratic.— Khal Drongo (@hpstorian) July 16, 2016
Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters, Murad Sezer