Scenes from an attempted coup in Turkey

  • Turkish policemen carry the coffin of a Turkish police officer who was killed in the thwarted coup during a funeral ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016.
  • Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags during a pro-government demonstration at Taksim square in central Istanbul, Turkey, July 20, 2016.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen on screens during a live broadcast of his statement from Ankara, Turkey, during a pro-government rally in Istanbul, July 20, 2016. Erdogan declared a 3-month state of emergency after a failed coup.
  • Relatives of a detained soldiers, accused of participating on the July 15 attempted coup stand outside the gates of the Istanbul courthouse, July 20, 2016, as relatives and friends wait for news of their loved-ones. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared late Wednesday a three-month state of emergency, as Turkey continues a crackdown on people suspected of backing the failed military coup.
  • A man stands in front of a banner reading the names of civilians and policemen who were killed while resisting the coup attempt, on Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 20, 2016. The slogan reads “Sovereignty belongs to the nation”.
  • A woman takes a selfie in front of the special police forces base building in Ankara on July 19, 2016, after it was bombed during the failed July 15 coup attempt. The Turkish army said on July 19 that the vast majority of its members had no links with the July 15 attempted coup and warned that the putschists would face severe punishment. The armed forces blamed the “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation” (FETO) for the failed putsch, referring to Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally turned foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, heads an emergency meeting of the National Security Council with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, center left, Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, center right, and ministers in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Turkey’s National Security Council is holding an emergency meeting following a coup attempt last week that was derailed by security forces and protesters loyal to the government. Erdogan was heading the meeting Wednesday of the council, which is the highest advisory body on security issues. 
  • Turkey’s flag is seen hanging from the destroyed exterior of the Ankara Police Headquarters on July 18, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Clean up operations are continuing in the aftermath of Friday’s failed military coup attempt. Latest figures according to Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raises the death toll to 208 with 1491 wounded. Continuing raids across the country have seen 7543 people detained and 316 arrested including high ranking soldiers, judges and police officers.
  • A Turkish police restrains a man on the ground during an operation in front of the courthouse on July 18, 2016, in Ankara. Turkey has detained more than 7,500 suspects involved in the coup plot seeking to oust the government, the prime minister said on July 18, 2016. Giving a new toll, he said 208 people were killed by the coup bid, including 145 civilians, 60 police and three soldiers. 1,491 were wounded, he added, In addition, the authorities have said more than 100 coup plotters were killed.
  • A police officer stands guard during the funeral ceremony of his colleague Erol Ince, who was killed during a thwarted coup at the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. 
  • A man comforts the son of Erol Ince, a police officer who was killed during a thwarted coup during a funeral ceremony at the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016.
  • Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags on Taksim square in Istanbul on July 17, 2016, during a demonstration in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. Turkish authorities pressed on July 17 with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the “virus” of the putschists. Erdogan also said Turkey could consider reinstating the death penalty following the putsch bid, despite concerns in the international community.
  • Pro-Erdogan supporters wave a giant Turkish flag during funeral of the victims of the coup attempt at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on July 17, 2016. Turkey has detained over 6,000 people over the coup plot aimed at ousting the govermment and the number will rise, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on July 17.
  • Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts after attending the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed today to purge the “virus” within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen.
  • Two young women attend a pro-government demonstration outside the city hall in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on July 17 to purge the “virus” within state bodies, during a speech at the funeral of victims killed during the coup bid he blames on his enemy Fethullah Gulen.
  • Turkish national flags hang as people walk on part of the city’s historical walls in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016.
  • A civilian beats a soldier after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. 
  • Soldiers push each other to board a bus to escape the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016.
  • People beat a soldier up on the ground after taking over a military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Support from the highest echelons in the army helped keep President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power after the failed coup but events on July 15 risk further undermining the military’s status as a key player in Turkish politics.
  • Clothes and weapons belonging to soldiers involved in the coup attempt that have now surrendered lie on the ground abandoned on Bosphorus bridge on July 16, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul’s bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced an army coup attempt, that has left atleast 90 dead 1154 injured in overnight clashes in Istanbul and Ankara.
  • An injured man is carried away during an attempted coup in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. 
  • People react as bodies draped in Turkish flags are seen on the ground during an attempted coup in Ankara, Turkey July 16, 2016. 
  • People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • A man holds a fired bullet at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said.
  • Turkish solders stay with weapons at Taksim square as people protest against the military coup in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People take cover during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People take over a tank near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People take a Turkish solder to Police at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People gather on top of a Turkish Army tank at Ataturk Airport on July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Supporters of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans as they march on a street in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim reportedly said that the Turkish military was involved in an attempted coup d’etat. The Turkish military meanwhile stated it had taken over control.
  • People take cover during clashes near the Bosphorus bridge as Turkish military clash with people at the entrance to the bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • A tank moves into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them, in Ankara, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey’s armed forces said they had taken control of the country Friday as explosions, gunfire and a reported air battle between loyalist forces and coup supporters erupted in the capital. President Erdogan remained defiant and called on people to take to the streets to show support for his embattled government.
  • People gather near a destroyed police car July 16, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey.
  • A man lays in front of a tank in the entrance to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, July 16, 2016.
  • A man covered with blood stands near the Bosphorus bridge as Turkish military clash with people at the entrance to the bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People carry a man shot during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
  • People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey.
  • People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey.
  • People queue on a banks ATM in July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Turkish army tanks move in the main streets in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Turkish military stand guard near the the Taksim Square as peiple wave with Turkish flags in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016.
  • Police officers stand guard near the Turkish military headquarters, July 15, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey’s military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an ‘illegal action’ by a military ‘group’, with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on CNNTurk via facetime call on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge.

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Turkey’s president on Wednesday declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt, declaring he would rid the military of the “virus” of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was accused of autocratic conduct before the insurrection, said the measure would counter threats to Turkish democracy. Possibly anticipating investor jitters, Erdogan criticized Standard & Poor’s for downgrading its credit rating for Turkey deeper into “junk” status and said the country would remain financially disciplined.

The president did not announce details, but the security measure could facilitate longer detentions for many of the nearly 10,000 people who have been rounded up since loyalist security forces and protesters quashed the rebellion that started Friday night and was over by Saturday.

“This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms,” Erdogan said in a national televised address after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and security advisers.

The state of emergency announcement needs to be published in a state gazette and lawmakers have to approve it for it to take effect, according to analysts.

This text is an except from a report by Associated Press.

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