Martial Law in Turkey?

Same here. Still amazes me. Every time.

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With Erdogan’s shenanigans of late it isn’t completely unsurprising… I wonder what pushed them into responding?

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the last surprising political news from Turkey was the reestablishment of high-level contacts with Russia. could this be related?

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What took them so long?

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey’s President

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Yeah that would be a thing that would make them complain a bit.

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we have an official thread : )

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@falcor or @beschizza would you please move these over to the boing thread?

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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/15/turkish-military-says-it-has-t.html

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TRT (Turkish public broadcasting) building has been occupied by soldiers.

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From the Guardian’s Alan Yuhas:

The full Turkish military statement reads: “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged.

“All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on holiday and outside the country. Reuters has quoted a source within his office as saying that he is safe.

well this will work too.

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My guess is that he’s now on an extended holiday…

We went to Turkey - Istanbul and Cappadocia - in 2011 and loved it. The people were beautiful and welcoming and the places we visited were stunning.
I hope some stability comes back to them soon.

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I think he got a job as Trump’s spokesman.

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And how often has the military actually done that?

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The military statement continued: “Right now we’re focusing on the whole ‘law and security’ thing but the others are coming, we swear.”

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The job of the military is to safeguard the dignity of the nation. Interpret that as you will.

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What took them so long?

Seems like you’re putting a lot of faith in the good will of military leaders…

Who’s to say that they don’t think instead that Erdogan hasn’t been doing such things fast enough?

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” —Edward Abbey

Ideally, the military is just that: a defensive force sworn to protect the people, not the government, of a nation-state. Problems emerge (to put it mildly) when military leaders envision a new order effectively worse than the previous one (or bungle up implementing it in the first place).

and the civil war in Syria, Erdoğan was strictly on the side of the anti-Assad group, not sure about the position of the Turkish army.

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Allow me to summarize the most recent statements issued by the parties concerned:

Turkish Government: We’re still in power.
Army: No, we’re now in power.
Turkish Government: Nuh-uh.
Army: Yeah-huh
Turkish Government: Nuh-uh.

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