Blood spilled everywhere in Istanbul and Ankara from at least 90 deaths, more than 1,000 injuries, and over 1,500 reported arrests a result of the attempted Turkey coup. What is a coup? A coup, also known as an overthrow, is when the military attempts to take over the government. It's pronounced like /ku/ and is short for coup d'etat. The Turkey coup happened due to people being unhappy with their leader, President Recep Erdogan. That sounds familiar to Americans who are unhappy with their leader, although American soldiers haven't become irritated enough to attempt a coup, plus the American President, Mr. Obama, is due to leave office in November in a few months. If American soldiers ever attempted a coup, then I'd be worried because American soldiers are nothing to mess with. They will jack you up.
The Turkey coup involves tanks in the streets, fighter jets whizzing by at 1,000 feet in the air, and complete chaos everywhere in Istanbul and Ankara.? Turkish police and fans of President Erdogan joined forces against the military soldiers who attempted the takeover of the government.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated that some rebellious soldiers hijacked multiple military aircraft, fired weapons from the air, and that other military or police aircraft had been sent to "intercept" them. Does that mean shoot down or escort back to the military base? I don't know, but whenever I see the word "intercept" I automatically imagine Tony Romo. My guess is that soldiers or police will attempt to bring home the rebel fighters in one piece, considering they might even know each other. When half of your military decides to take over the government, then you can imagine that some groups of friends are split up based on their personal beliefs and may end up fighting each other. Which is why they all should've stayed united and maybe took over the government together.
FOX NEWS - ISTANBUL ? ?Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted to the nation Saturday that his government is in charge following a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles, gunfire and unrest across the capital and left at least 90 dead, 1,154 people wounded and more than 1,000 military personnel detained.
The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.
As of now, Erdogan claims the coup is over. Some soldiers have surrendered, which is strange because they're probably surrendering to other soldiers, some of whom are friends, all of them are family. Imagine having to arrest your friend. How awkward would that be?
President Erdogan gained power with only 52% voter victory, not a staggering or favorable number at all. In fact, if any election is ever that close to 50/50, then it should be redone or have a third party electable. If the third party steals votes from your preferred candidate, then you have to wonder if that candidate is really likable. Sometimes people vote for the lesser of two evils.
Erdogan was elected to be their president in 2014, but before that was a prime minister in 2003. He had plans to change their constitution in ways that the president would have much more executive powers, something that many people were very hesitant or upset about. Too much power for one person can often create corruption and turmoil. Erdogan has developed a reputation as being very authoritarian, and not in a good way. He also has roots in Islam with the AK Party, which has helped create a very coarse relationship with the military. The Turkey coup is evidence that the military no longer wishes to be ruled by Erdogan and they're fighting to regain their democracy before Erdogan gives himself extreme executive powers. And here's what I'm thinking might be an Uber driver operating a tank, trying to crush the competition as they drive over a taxi.
You may see headlines stating that there are people in the taxi, but you can watch the video and see for yourself.