TURKEY REELS AS MILITARY COUP UNFOLDS

Jul 15, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Explosions have been heard in Turkey’s capital Ankara – and there are reports that an explosion occurred at the state-run television building.

Turkey’s state-run news agency reports that military helicopters have also attacked the headquarters of the TURKSAT satellite station on the outskirts of Ankara – as well as the Ankara Police headquarters.

Dozens of tanks were seen moving toward a palace that is now used by the prime minister and deputy prime ministers.

Turkey’s president has urged citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the government – after the military said it seized full control of the country.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls the actions by the military “an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces.”

Canada’s foreign affairs minister is urging calm in Turkey in the midst of the reports. Stephane Dion’s office is urging “calm, order, safety of all people in Turkey.”

The federal government is offering consular assistance to Canadians in Turkey if it’s needed – and it’s  advising Canadians to remain indoors and monitor local media reports.

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