Turkey Military Coup

Scenes of Chaos, Anger During Attempted Turkey Coup

There was an angry backlash after elements of the military staged a coup in Turkey, trying to seize power with tanks and aircraft.

Moments after soldiers sundered, civilians gathered on top of abandoned tanks.

After elements of the military shut down bridges in Istanbul with tanks, shut down a state-controlled television station and attempted to seize power, President Tayyip Erdogan defiantly urged people to take to the streets in a show of support for the government.

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Furious civilians attack soldiers who were involved in the coup attempt after they surrendered on Istanbul's landmark Bosphorous Bridge Gokhan Tan / Getty Images
A police officer embraces a man on abandoned tank at Uskudar in Istanbul Saturday. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images
A civilian beats a soldier after troops involved in the coup surrendered on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge. MURAD SEZER / Reuters
Soldiers involved in the coup attempt in Turkey surrender on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge with their hands raised on Saturday. Gokhan Tan / Getty Images
Turkey's Grand National Assembly in Ankara was heavily damaged during the attempted coup. STR / EPA
A man uses his belt to hit Turkish soldiers involved in the coup attempt. Gokhan Tan / Getty Images
Soldiers cower from angry civilians after the apparently failed coup in Turkey. Gokhan Tan / Getty Images
A man lays in front of a tank in the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Members of Turkey's armed forces said they had taken control of the country, but Turkish officials said the coup attempt had been repelled early Saturday morning in a night of violence, according to state-run media. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP) Ismail Coskun / AP

People demonstrate outside Ataturk International Airport during an attempted coup in Istanbul.

Passengers at Istanbul's secondary Sabiha Airport stand with their luggage behind a military vehicle BAZ RATNER / Reuters

People stand in front of a tank near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul early on July 16.


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A man shot during clashes with the military is carried away from the entrance to the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. Gokhan Tan / Getty Images
A man poses with the flag of Turkey in front of a damaged car, crushed by an army tank, as people gather in Kizilay Square in Ankara to protest a military coup. Burhan Ozbilici / AP

People carry a man shot during clashes with Turkish military at the entrance to the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul. 

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Turkish police arrest Turkish soldiers in Istanbul's Taksim Square. SEDAT SUNA / EPA
People celebrate on a tank after they took over a military position on the Bosphorus bridge. YASIN AKGUL / AFP - Getty Images

Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in front of soldiers in Istanbul's Taksim square early on July 16. 

Turkey's military staged a coup late Friday, taking over a government television channel and imposing martial law with tanks on the streets of Istanbul.

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Protesters climb onto a tank in Istanbul. TOLGA BOZOGLU / EPA
Turkish tanks move into position as Turkish people attempt to stop them in Ankara. Burhan Ozbilici / AP
A man covered with blood points at the Bosphorus Bridge as the Turkish military clashed with people at the entrance to the bridge. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images
People demonstrate in front of the Republic Monument in Istanbul's Taksim Square. MURAD SEZER / Reuters

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on July 15. 

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A Turkish security officer stands on guard on the side of the road on July 15 during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images
A civilian killed by Turkish soldiers lies on a ground on the Bosphorus bridge, Istanbul, early Saturday. BULENT KILIC / AFP - Getty Images