- 2 years ago
The Turkish military says it has taken over the government and imposed martial law, according to an announcement read by an anchor on state broadcaster TRT.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded by issuing a statement via Facetime on CNN Turk television urging people to go to the streets. “This was done from outside the chain of command,” he said.He said the lower officers had rebelled against senior officers. It was not clear where he was speaking from.
A U.S. official has confirmed that the Istanbul airport has been shut down.
Major bridges in Istanbul, have been closed.
The U.S. Embassy urges all Americans in Turkey to be cautious.
U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry has been briefed on events. While he said he doesn’t have details, Kerry said, ““I hope there will be stability and peace, continuity" within Turkey, Kerry said at a press conference in Moscow.”
A crowd of 200-300 residents in Taksim Square in Istanbul, a CNN producer says. At least one tank and mili