Remembering 2016 World News: Turkey’s Coup Attempt

Turkey’s attempted coup

 (Sedat Suna/EPA)
(Sedat Suna/EPA)

The Turkish military issued a statement late on July 15 proclaiming it hadseized control of the country. After a long night of turmoil — a bomb exploded at the parliament building in Ankara, and civilians encouraged into the streets by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confronted soldiers on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge — Turkish television reported in the morning that the coup was over. Afterward a state of emergency was imposed, enabling the government to detain individuals without charge for up to 60 days. Tens of thousands have been arrested and at least 120,000 public workers have been suspended from their jobs on suspicion of being linked to the failed coup.

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