Turkey, citizens protest against coup

Turkey remembers victims of failed 2016 coup

The 2016 coup attempt left 251 dead and more than 2,000 wounded, most in Istanbul when the military fired on protesters on the Bosporus Bridge.

Turkey marks this July 15 the 4th anniversary of the coup attempt that in 2016 left 251 dead and more than 2,000 wounded, coinciding with new attempts by the Turkish authorities to obtain extradition from the United States of religious leader Fethullah Gülen, which they consider the main instigator of the military uprising.

A series of tribute events are planned for this Wednesday throughout Turkey on the occasion of “Democracy and National Unity Day of July 15” in memory of those who died on that day; as part of them, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend an event in the Turkish parliament -which was bombed by the coup plotters- and will meet with victims and survivors of the coup. He has also planned to address the nation.

Thousands of people took to the streets throughout Turkey on the night of July 15, 2016, to confront the military coup leaders, defying the curfew they had decreed after forcibly taking the headquarters of the public TV TRT and taking the staff as hostages, forcing the presenter to read a statement.

A large part of the victims occurred on the Istanbul Bosporus Bridge, closed by the military, who shot hundreds of unarmed protesters who tried to confront them, for which the place was later renamed as the July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge. Many others died in other places for facing the coup plotters, or even crushed by tanks.

The organisers of the coup d’état bombed several targets in Istanbul and Ankara, including the parliament, and launched an assault on a hotel in Marmaris where Erdoğan was spending his vacation trying to assassinate him, but he was able to escape aboard a plane and -despite western media claimed that he had fled Turkey- return to Istanbul’s Atatürk airport, from where he led the government resistance.