Thursday 8 December 2016

The West heaves a sigh of relief as democracy makes a step forward in Turkey

Brian Hayes

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Supporters wave flags as they wait for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to appear for a speech outside his home in Istanbul. Photo: Reuters
Supporters wave flags as they wait for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to appear for a speech outside his home in Istanbul. Photo: Reuters

In Turkey, shortly after midnight local time on Saturday, tanks moved onto the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. The sound of gunfire was heard across both cities and military jets streaked across the night sky over both cities. An old-style military coup attempt was under way.

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By morning, the coup was effectively over, the ringleaders were rounded up and more than 6,000 people are now detained.

Large sections of the judiciary seem to have been removed as the finger is pointed at Fethullah Gulen and his movement.

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