Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, during a discussion on national television, urged the Turkish people to go to the streets.
In his first comments today, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells CNN Turk, in a webcam interview, that this is an act encouraged by a “parallel structure”.
He says the coup attempt will be given the “necessary response” and calls on Turkish people to go out on the streets.
The military has also reportedly taken control of Taksim Square, where both citizens and troops have gathered. Police are reportedly also present in the square, currently peacefully observing the situation.
There have been reports of clashes between police and soldiers elsewhere in Istanbul tonight.