HUFFINGTON POST
07/15/2016 07:22 pm ET Updated Jan 02, 2017

Photos From Turkey’s Streets Show Chaos After Attempted Coup

People are going up against tanks.
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Turks across the country took to the streets Friday night, answering pleas to confront the Turkish military as it attempted to take power in a coup.

“I urge the Turkish people to convene at public squares and airports,” a flustered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan implored during a live broadcast via FaceTime on CNN Turk, after the military declared in a televised statement that it had seized control of the nation. “There is no power higher than the power of the people.”

The military’s short-lived claim to power ― based on concerns over autocratic rule and terrorism ― has sparked nationwide panic and chaos.

Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in response. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.” 

A presidential source denounced the military’s attempted takeover as an “attack against Turkish democracy.”

Tanks rolled through crowded streets in Istanbul and Ankara, and military aircraft buzzed overhead. Armed forces blocked off Istanbul’s two main bridges across the Bosphorus strait.

Take a look at these startling images from the country below:

  • Women embrace after people took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge.
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    Women embrace after people took over military position on the Bosphorus bridge.
  • People run away on the Bosphorus bridge during clashes.
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    People run away on the Bosphorus bridge during clashes.
  • A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara
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    A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara.
  • A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara
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    A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara. 
  • A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara
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    A group of soldiers are being neutralized after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara.
  • A group of soldiers are being captured after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara.
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    A group of soldiers are being captured after trying to storm into Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) in Ankara.
  • People apprehend a Turkish soldier, center in blue, that participated in the attempted coup.
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    People apprehend a Turkish soldier, center in blue, that participated in the attempted coup.
  • People run to escape from the clashes in Ankara.
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    People run to escape from the clashes in Ankara.
  • People gather in Sivas in reaction to the military coup.
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    People gather in Sivas in reaction to the military coup.
  • People climb aboard an armored vehicle in Mersin.
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    People climb aboard an armored vehicle in Mersin.
  • People gather against the military coup attempt in front of the Turkish Prime Minister's manor in the Tuzla district of Istan
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    People gather against the military coup attempt in front of the Turkish Prime Minister's manor in the Tuzla district of Istanbul.
  • People stand in the way of a tank in the streets of Ankara, Turkey, on Friday night. Turkey's armed forces sai
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    People stand in the way of a tank in the streets of Ankara, Turkey, on Friday night. Turkey's armed forces said it "fully seized control" of the country Friday, and the president responded by calling on Turks to take to the streets in a show of support for the government.
  • Tanks move into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them in Ankara.
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    Tanks move into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them in Ankara.
  • Gunshots disperse Erdogan supporters in Istanbul.
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    Gunshots disperse Erdogan supporters in Istanbul.
  • People react against the military coup attempt in Istanbul.
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    People react against the military coup attempt in Istanbul.
  • People hold Turkish flags in front of a military vehicle.
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    People hold Turkish flags in front of a military vehicle.
  • People gather against the military coup in Kahramanmaras.
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    People gather against the military coup in Kahramanmaras.
  • People take to the street in support of President Erdogan in Antalya.
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    People take to the street in support of President Erdogan in Antalya.
  • The Turkish army moves into the main streets in Istanbul.
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    The Turkish army moves into the main streets in Istanbul.
  • A man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
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    A man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
  • Erdogan supporters chant slogans in Istanbul.
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    Erdogan supporters chant slogans in Istanbul.
  • People carry a man shot during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
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    People carry a man shot during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
  • A man tries to stop a tank in Ankara, Turkey.
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    A man tries to stop a tank in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Erdogan supporters protest in front of soldiers in Istanbul's Taksim square.
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    Erdogan supporters protest in front of soldiers in Istanbul's Taksim square.
  • The Turkish military partially shut down the Bosporous bridge. Turkish military forces opened fire on crowds gathered in
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    The Turkish military partially shut down the Bosporous bridge. Turkish military forces opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following the coup attempt, killing people, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances.
  • People gather in Ankara in reaction to the attempted coup.
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    People gather in Ankara in reaction to the attempted coup.
  • People gather in Aksaray, Turkey.
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    People gather in Aksaray, Turkey.
  • People gather in Aksaray.
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    People gather in Aksaray.
  • People hold the Turkish flag in Bursa, Turkey.
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    People hold the Turkish flag in Bursa, Turkey.
  • People react to the coup in Bursa.
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    People react to the coup in Bursa.
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