Informative Note on the Failed Coup Attempt (updated)
On the evening of July 15th, a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces attempted to stage a coup in various cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.
It was understood in a short time that this was more than a treacherous plot: It was a terrorist campaign. The perpetrators shot at their own people, stabbed their commanders in the back and bombed the National Parliament and the Office of the Presidency.
From the very beginning, the command chain and vast majority of the Turkish Armed Forces stood up against the coup attempt. It was merely some elements of the Air Forces, Gendarmerie and armored units that joined the violent conspiracy. Both the police and public prosecutors immediately took necessary measures to foil the attempt.
Above all, it was the Turkish nation who thwarted the plot. They displayed a historic solidarity as they took to the streets and remained defiant. They stood bravely in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights.
The terrorists tried to broadcast their message by taking over studios of the state TV (TRT) and raiding private media outlets. Yet the plotters’ attempt to control the media did not last long. It must be noted that the Turkish media also played a key role in defeating the coup attempt.
Throughout the process, all the political parties and Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the people stood firmly by democracy, democratic politics, democratic institutions and the Constitution. A Joint Declaration in defence of democracy was issued during the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly on the 16th of July.
During the operations held against the terrorist group, 316 coup plotters have been arrested and 7543 have been detained so far, while 24 coup plotters were captured dead and 50 were captured wounded. Also, about 1500 public officials have been removed from office and investigation has been launched for 2745 judicial personnel. The operations continue.
Unfortunately, 246 of our citizens were left dead and2185 wounded.
A group of eight involved in the coup attempt fled to Greece on board of a helicopter that they stole. Necessary steps have been taken for the return of the suspects and the helicopter.
This coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). Our government has been constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader, Fethullah Gülen, to all allies and partners. The foiled coup is the latest criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETÖ.
Our President, Prime Minister, Government and Members of Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule of law.
The terrorists will be punished in accordance with the law.
In order to more actively fight against FETÖ, which has infiltrated into all state organizations, a state of emergency was declared on 21 July for 90-day period. The state of emergency aims to swiftly bring the country back to its normalcy. Throughout this process, Turkey will remain committed to democracy, human rights, rule of law and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, along with its liabilities arising from international agreements. All extraordinary measures will be lifted as the fight against FETÖ prevails.
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