by Alex Christoforou
Turkish president Erdogan blamed the failed coup on forces loyal to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Erdogan is back in control of Turkey. The midnight coup attempt, by what appears to be middle level military officials, seems to have failed as morning breaks in Turkey.
Erdogan landed his private jet in Istanbul and addressed crowds of supporters at Ataturk Airport.
The president of Turkey said those involved in the military coup will get necessary response, regardless of what institution they are from.
“The minority group” behind the attempted coup would pay for what they had done.
Erdogan said the people of his country would stand up straight and strong and that law is above all in Turkey.
The Turkish president said that people going into the streets to support it was “the best answer” to those who tried to forcefully seize power.
Erdogan called the attempted coup “a gift from God,” as it would help cleanse the military of “members of the gang.”
Erdogan claimed that forces loyal to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen were behind the attempted coup, saying that Friday’s events had shown that “the Gulen structure is an armed terrorist organisation.” The exiled preacher has resided in the US for over 15 years. Initially a firm ally of Erdogan, Gulen is now facing a potential life sentence in Turkey for orchestrating an earlier coup attempt as the two fell out.
Announcing that he was not going anywhere, the Turkish president said he would stay with his people.
The president confirmed that Turkey’s Secretary-General had been kidnapped by the military behind the attempted coup, adding that the status of the head of the General Staff was unknown to him at the time of the speech.
He also said that fighter jets have been dispatched to eliminate a helicopter attacking the parliament building in Ankara.
President Erdogan was reportedly in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris at the time the events began to unfold in Ankara and Istanbul. There was an attempted attack on him on his way to Istanbul, the president said, claiming that the pro-coup forces have bombed Dalaman, but he had left it by then.