GHung wrote:Well chit. Some folks have all the fun.
Grab yer pitchforks fellas!
Well we'll see what happens, whether more of the people support the secular military, or if Erdogan's supporters take to the streets (he's been calling for people to come out to support his government).
Hopefully things are peaceful and it doesn't devolve into any kind of civil war and mass turmoil.
My own opinion: I'm not an expert about Turkey, but generally..
* Turkey has a history of coups before, in years past.
* Per CNN, the military sees themselves as the safeguards of secular control whenever the government gets out of hand.
* Generally, what's been going on during the Erdogan years is that he appealed to hardline conservative muslim voters in Turkey, and he dragged the country more islamist. Which was very unpopular with Turks that wanted to keep the country secular.
(turkey has a tradition of being more secular, than anything fundy muslim)
* Erdogan is unpopular recently, because he had a history of helping / enabled ISIS, and now with terrorism out of control in Turkey, many blame Erdogan. Which is one of the reasons the military has launched the coup to depose the Erdogan government.
Latest news is that the mayor of Ankara is in Erdogan's ruling party, and he's called for government supporters to take to the streets. But so far the streets are quiet.
There are some reports of clashes between government-loyal police, and the Turkish military.
Erdogan has been a very authoritarian dictator strongman Putin type.
Turkish politics is complicated.. and then there's all the problems with the kurdish party / Erdogan brutally suppressing them at times.
Skynews reports that Erdogan is "enormously divisive," the people are divided and either love him or loathe him.
I think my sympathies would lean with the secular side, since Erdogan has been taking the country more islamist -- and it ain't like the world needs more of that.
Turkey is traditionally secular.. the world needs more secular moderate islam, less hardliner fundy.. the people that would be backing the military, want Turkey to get back to a more a western secular direction.
Some latest news.. tanks surrounding the parliament, reports of fighting.. and there was a large explosion at the state tv HQ.
It's unclear as yet where this is headed. Government has the police and special forces loyal to it, versus the national military. The military placed the Erdogan-appointed top general under house arrest.
Erdogan supporters are saying "you can't destroy democracy in the name of freedom," while opponents are saying they can't stand his autocratic despotic rule anymore.