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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

In an image sure to invite comparisons to the iconic picture of a protester blocking a tank in Tiananmen Square, a man lay down just a few feet from the treads of a Turkish army tank at the Attaturk International Airport.

Seemingly willing to put his life on the line, the man was among the huge crowds at the airport that heeded President Tayyip Erdogan's call for people to take to the streets after elements of the military attempted to seize power.

Erdogan later arrived at the airport vowing that those responsible for the attempted coup would "pay for this in the harshest way."

PHOTOS: Scenes of Confusion During Attempted Coup in Turkey