Source: Agencies17 Jul 2016 12:36:24
Ankara, July 17: Situation in Turkey seems to come to normalcy after the end of violent and chaotic insurrection which started on Friday and Saturday. A unit of Military forces tried to overthrow the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and seized two bridges in capital Istanbul. The coup attempt was countered by citizens and Turkey police and authorities claimed on Sunday that the situation was under control, which was confirmed by Prime Minister Binali Yilkdirim.
Turkey PM said that the dreadful rebellion in the country killed at least 265 people till now. Besides, 1400 people have been wounded and more than 2800 soldiers have been taken into custody. Erdogan rounded up nearly 3,000 troops suspected of a part in the plot and issued arrest warrants for 2,745 judges in what was widely expected to mark the start of a purge of opposition forces.
On Friday, the coup undertaken by unit of Military forces took control over the streets and government buildings. Parliament was struck by at least one bomb, and graphic videos and photos social media showed clashes, surrenders and chaos. Helicopters fired at people on the ground, mobs grappled with soldiers, and tanks barreled through crowds or were overrun by protesters. On Saturday the defense minister said the control was fully in control of the government.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a revenge mission against the military plotters who had threatened his government and regional stability raising fears for the future of democracy in the region.
On Saturday night thousands of supporters poured onto the streets of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir to demonstrate their loyalty to Erdogan after a terrible 24 hours. In an astonishing and at times brutal 13-and-a-half hours that at one point reduced Erdogan to broadcasting to his nation via a mobile phone, street protests and military forces loyal to the Turkish leader suppressed the coup that left at least 265 dead.
Being a neighbour of Syria and Iraq, the two nations which are facing severe terror-crisis, Turkey have witnessed several terror attacks in the past few months. Turkey is also facing internal struggles at the present time. An insurgence attempt during such a moment was described by President Erdoğan as a dangerous conspiracy against him and he ordered strict action to be taken against the culprits. Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan told that strict actions have been taken against the culprits of insurgence attempts and the situation is under control.
Turkish authorities blamed Fethullah Gulen as man behind this coup. Gulen is a preacher and a opponent of president Erdogan who lives in Pennsyvlania in United States. The 75-year old imam went into self-imposed exile when he moved from Turkey to the United States in 1999 and settled in US. Supporters describe Gulen as a moderate Muslim cleric who champions interfaith dialogue. Promotional videos show him meeting with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican in the 1990s. He also met frequently with rabbis and Christian priests in Turkey. Gulen has a loyal following -- known as Gulenists -- in Turkey, who all subscribe to the Hizmet movement.