Coup in Turkey denounced by EU, US leaders
Erdogan supporters protest amid violent clashes with military
Published 16/07/2016 | 02:30
Turkey's military tried to take over the country last night and oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power.
The coup sparked violence on the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. There were reports of civilians being shot by the army and explosions at Istanbul Airport, Taksim Square in the centre of the city and at the parliament in Ankara.
The coup is thought to be in response to Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime and rolling back of civil liberties. The army is traditionally the defender of Turkey's constitution and secular state.
But world leaders denounced the coup and called for the democratically elected government to be restored. US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed President Erdogan.
President Erdogan called his supporters onto the streets to resist the coup and there was confusion and chaos on the streets.