As of 8:20 am Turkish time Saturday, that’s 11:20 pm Friday our time, the fight for control of the country wedged between the Mediterranean and the Black Seas has shifted away from those behind the coup.
— jarret byerjala (@jarret_18848) July 16, 2016
Police Chief Celalettin Lekesiz has said that 16 of the people who plotted the coup have been killed. Lekesiz says 250 more have been arrested and while the fight continues he says the clashes, “are about to come to an end.” The Turkish state run news agency has reported that the military Chief of Staff, General Hulusi Akar has been rescued from those behind the coup in an operation that was launched from an airbase on the outer fringes of Ankara. Earlier the commander of the 1st Turkish Army, General Umit Dundar had been named acting chief of military staff.
A senior Turkish official, who is not allowed to address media says 1563 members of the armed forces behind the coup have been detained across Turkey. That information came on the condition of anonymity. It looks like some army officers had made the arrests, in some cases soldiers loyal to the government delivered to police their former comrades who chose to support of the military coup. While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the coup is being stopped with scores of arrests being made, it’s still not clear who is in control at the military headquarters in Ankara. Another unnamed official in the Turkish President’s office, speaking on the condition of anonymity tells the Associated Press that at least 60 people have been killed in the attempted coup. That number is certain to rise. Images of soldiers by the dozen turning themselves over to government forces along the length of Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge splashed across the screens displaying CNN Turk.
— Lukas Datcher (@SuperintenWS) July 16, 2016
The state run news agency has reported a military helicopter used by those who plotted the coup was downed by government forces in the Golbasi district on the outskirts of the capital city.
Despite a curfew imposed by the coup leadership, who attempted to impose martial law, citizens remained in the streets of the major cities through the night at the urging of the government.
— Umair (@u_asif) July 16, 2016
The European Union’s Council President Donald Tusk says the EU backs the democratically elected government which took power with 52% of the popular vote in 2002. From the Asia Europe summit meeting in Mongolia Tusk says, “Turkey is a key partner for the European Union.” Tusk adds that the EU fully supports the democratically elected government and the rule of law, calling for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has echoed those sentiments, in a release saying:
“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express our concern about this evening’s events in Turkey. We call for restraint by all parties. Canada supports the preservation of Turkish democracy, and condemns any attempt to subvert Turkey’s democratic institutions by force of arms.
“The Government of Canada is being kept informed of developments in Turkey, and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the safety and security of Canadians in that country is maintained.”
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says of those behind the military coup, “There is nowhere they have proper control.”