Dramatic images emerged Friday evening after a military coup was attempted against the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leaving dozens of people dead and plunging the country into chaos. Erdogan was shown on Turkish television, via iPhone, blaming the attempt on an opposition group and calling on his supporters to resist the military’s power grab and mass in public places.
“It is carried out without my knowledge and it is completely illegal,” he said. “I am inviting everyone to go outside and resist against this illegal structure.” Martial law was declared as scenes of military personnel and armored vehicles played out in Ankara and Istanbul. Erdogan later returned to Istanbul, signaling that the takeover attempt had not succeeded.