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Uprising against Erdogan: Premier claims to foil Coup attempt ( Graphics)

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After urging Turkish citizens to take to the streets to turn back an attempted military coup, President Erdogan flew to Istanbul early Saturday to retake control of Turkey. For hours on Friday evening, Turkey’s political present and future were literally in the air. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was rumored to be in his private jet seeking political asylum in Germany, or perhaps in the U.K. Turkish Army troops had taken over the country’s two biggest cities with tanks, jets, and loudspeakers.

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Turkey’s latest attempt at a coup d’etat since joining NATO had come, and after some flutters and shots and explosions, gone. While addressing a press conference upon his arrival at Istanbul’s Ankara Airport, Erdogan said the uprising was an act of treason. Earlier, the Turkish president had vowed that the attempted coup would be put down and crowds answered his call to defy a curfew order and take to the streets to support him.

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Gunfire and explosions rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night, but by the early hours of Saturday there were indications that the coup was crumbling. “We will overcome this,” Erdogan had said, speaking on a video call to a mobile phone held up to the camera by an announcer on the Turkish sister station of CNN.

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He called on his followers to take to the streets to defend his government and said the coup plotters would pay a heavy price. Crowds of people, some waving Turkish flags, gathered in major squares in Istanbul and Ankara to show support for the elected government. Police urged people to leave Istanbul’s Taksim square, warning military aircraft could open fire. Turkey’s top general was taken hostage at the military headquarters in the capital Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. “General Hulusi Akar has been taken hostage by a group in the military who attempted an uprising,” the agency said citing “credible sources”. A Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a military helicopter being used by a faction within the army attempting the coup, broadcaster NTV said. The state-run Anadolu agency meanwhile said 17 police officers had been killed in an attack on their offices in the city.

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