Five army generals and 29 colonels have been arrested following the attempted military coup in Turkey last night where at least 90 people were killed. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to deal with those behind the failed coup.
In a speech at Istanbul airport, Mr Erdoğan insisted his government remains in charge and has denounced the coup attempt as an “act of treason”
“What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion. They will pay a heavy price.”
“They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.”
Adding to the top Military men arrested, more than 1,500 soldiers have also been arrested after army factions used tanks and helicopters to cause “a bloodbath on the streets”, killing dozens of innocent civilians.
President Erdogan was in the south-west holiday resort of Marmaris at the time of the attempted coup where he made a televised address, via his mobile phone, urging people to take to the streets to oppose the Military uprising.
He then flew on to Istanbul, saying Marmaris had been bombed after he left.
Source: CNN Turkey