A military coup was recently launched in Turkey to take control of the country, while their president, Tayyip Erdogan, was holidaying on the coast. The armed forced tried to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters, killing 265 people and injuring 1,440.
The Turkish military issued this statement: “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was damaged. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”
“They will pay a heavy price for this. This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army,” said Erdogan upon his return.
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Turkey’s government was able to defeat the coup attempt by a faction of its military as it imposed martial law and a curfew on Saturday. Nearly 3,000 military personnel have been detained.
“Arrests are still being made,” said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, according to CNN. “Our noble assembly will get together and discuss the measures that can be taken [so that] Turkey will not have this sort of madness again in the future. Whichever legal measures need to be taken we will discuss [them] with other party leaders.”