The potentially deposed president of Turkey used the app Facetime to go on television during the attempted military coup Friday evening.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported safe, and claims he is arriving in the Turkish capital of Ankara or the large city of Istanbul soon. He has not been seen in public since making the statement on Turkish television.
Reports indicate all social media inside Turkey has been blacked out.
Elements of the Turkish military said it has taken over the country from Erdogan, who says he remains in control of the government.
The military has also taken over the State Broadcasting service and declared Turkey “is now run by Peace Council,” which will ensure the safety of the population. The “Peace Council” said it will honor all existing foreign relations and that the rule of law must remain. The military cited increasing autocratic rule by Erdogan and increased terrorism for its power seizure.
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