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Military Coup Attempt: What I saw and lived

15 July 2016 night has a peculiarity about being a historical night in anyway. The uprising of a group of soldiers in Turkish Arm Forces has been counteres by the honorable stance of politicians, media and public. Meanwhile Turkey was so district and had a democratic posture against to juntas. I’m at esplanades since I first heard the treason felony. As ...

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Why do the People of Turkey Resist the Coup Attempt?

Turkey faced a brutal revolt by a group established in the military on the night of 15 July 2016. For those who have followed closely the attacks in the recent 3 years particularly starting along with an attack to the National Intelligence; Gezi Protests, and the reactions to the government’s historical resolution process with PKK in 2013, this coup attempt ...

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The Coup Leader Must Be Held Accountable – İbrahim Kalın

On July 15, a rogue faction within Turkey’s military attempted to suspend the Constitution, impose martial law and enforce a nationwide curfew. As troops and tanks blocked traffic crossing from Asia to Europe over the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, a number of government buildings including the Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the intelligence headquarters were heavily assaulted. During a series ...

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(6) For those who do not understand – Adam McConnel

As someone who lived through the night of 15-16 July, there are two aspects of the situation that I find disturbing.  The first is the event itself, which was truly terrifying.  The second has been the attitude of journalists and other intellectual commentators both inside Turkey and abroad. As the coup attempt emerged and then failed, reporters and pundits struggled ...

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(5) The heroic citizens of Turkey – Adam McConnel

I did not really sleep after laying down around 06:30 (16th July).  A mixture of fear, tension, and hyper-alertness kept me awake.  So at about 08:00 I moved back to the TV after listening for what might be going on outside.  I could still hear gunfire, but it was further away. On television were scenes of soldiers on the bridge ...

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What we experienced Friday night (4) – Adam McConnel

After 03:00 and President Erdoğan’s arrival in Istanbul, I continued to flip through the channels, watching the various scenes unfold.  After this point it was clear that the coup would not succeed — despite what was being reported internationally.  The failure of the international press on this count is all the more notable because the only thing they had to ...

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What we experienced Friday night (3) – Adam McConnel

After President Erdoğan appeared on TV, we learned that he would be coming to Istanbul.  But the situation in Istanbul at that moment was nightmarish.  Erdoğan was on the air for quite some time as he kept fielding journalists’ questions, but even as he spoke, sporadic gunfire could be heard coming from the bridges and helicopters were passing overhead in ...

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What we experienced Friday night (2) – Adam McConnel

After the junta’s “official” statement that was  broadcast by the TRT around midnight, my grim expectation was for all other TV channels to be also occupied and taken off the air.  So I began to surf whatever was “still” available even more intensely.  Observers have wondered why the coup plotters didn’t shut down public media as one of their first ...

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What we experienced Friday night (1) – Adam McConnel

During Friday night’s coup attempt against Turkey’s democratically elected political leadership, I tried, from time to time, to keep an eye on what the international media, including specifically the NYT, were reporting about the situation.  What I saw was shocking and disgusting, and for most of the night I couldn’t bring myself to do more than scan the thoroughly abhorrent ...

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The Real Story Behind the Turkish Coup – Eric Margolis

September 1961. Geneva, Switzerland. A Turkish classmate of mine named Turgut burst into my room, crying, ‘those bastards just hanged my father!’ The ‘bastards’ in question were Turkey’s generals. They had  overthrown the civilian government of Adnan Menderes and hanged my friend’s father. Since, then, the mighty Turkish armed forces has tried to overthrow the government about every ten years. ...

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