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Turkey’s divisions in civil society saved Erdogan from being toppled by the military
Events in Turkey unfolded quickly on Friday night in Ankara and Istanbul. It began with the seizure of two bridges in Istanbul by military forces. Only a couple of hours later, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in Istanbul, sending a strong sign that the coup was about to fail. The coup raised the death toll to 265 with over 1440 people injured. So what has happened and why did the coup fail so quickly? This note provides a short inventory of the past hours.
First, the focus will concentrate on what has been accomplished. The first signs of the coup were revealed when the military started to cut off transportation links by closing two bridges in Istanbul. Furthermore, roads in Ankara and Izmir were shut off. Turkish F-16s were spotted flying over Ankara and civilian airports were shut down, thus forcing international flights to pause.
20th july 2016
After shutting key transportation links, soldiers seized buildings of the ruling Jus