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General Ümit Dündar arranged a press conference
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General Ümit Dündar arranged a press conference
Gen. Ümit Dündar was assigned as the acting chief of the General Staff when the putschists took the chief of the General Staff hostage. Dündar arranged a press conference on the morning of July 16, and described the events as the insanity of a group outside the chain of command and gave the latest information about the coup attempt.
Former PM Davutoğlu evaluated the coup attempt on NTV
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Former PM Davutoğlu evaluated the coup attempt on NTV
Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu connected to the NTV television channel’s live broadcast. He strongly condemned the coup, and said, “Tonight is the night to speak up for our honor.”
Strong reaction from Abdullah Gül to the coup
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Strong reaction from Abdullah Gül to the coup
Former President Abdullah Gül connected live with NTV on the night of the coup attempt. Emphasizing that Turkey is not an African or South American Country, Gül addressed the putschist soldiers: “This is an operation under the chain of command. Whoever you get the commands from, don’t listen.” After addressing the putschist soldiers, he called the public out to the squares.
Clashes in Harbiye
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Clashes in Harbiye
The putschists organized raids on the TRT Kent Radio Istanbul and Officer’s Club in Harbiye. Clashes broke out between the police and the putschists. As a result of the clashes that lasted until the morning, 13 soldiers were taken into custody.
Attempt to occupy the Istanbul Stock Exchange
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Attempt to occupy the Istanbul Stock Exchange
On the night of July 15, another location the putschists wanted to occupy was the Borsa Istanbul Stock Exchange. The putschists, who got inside by saying that they had come upon a bomb call, wanted to turn the stock exchange systems off, but the personnel managed to stall the soldiers. Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Istanbul Stock Exchange Hikmet Karadağ, who was at Beştepe Palace at the time, reported the incident and an operation was organized by the Sarıyer Police Department. The putschists were neutralized in the operation.
Raid on the AK Party Istanbul Provincial Directorate
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Raid on the AK Party Istanbul Provincial Directorate
Another target of the putschists was the AK Party Istanbul Provincial Directorate. A raid on the building of the directorate was organized by 69 putschist soldiers from the 47th Motorized Infantry Regimental Command, nine of whom were senior officers. The putschists inside the building, which was one of the locations there was conflict between civilians and the putschists, were arrested after the security forces’ operation.
Atatürk Airport’s air traffic control tower raid
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Atatürk Airport’s air traffic control tower raid
The putschists, who had blocked the entrance to Istanbul Atatürk Airport, later raided the air traffic control tower. Occupying the control tower in the first hours of the coup attempt, the putschists blocked flights and sent passengers back.
Bloody struggle in Taksim
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Bloody struggle in Taksim
A group of putschist soldiers came to Taksim Square and surrounded the Republic Monument on the night of July 15. Putschists opened fire indiscriminately on civilians who surrounded the square to expel them. Putschists were taken into custody hours later with the help of citizens. Şerife Boz brought citizens to Taksim in her husband’s truck, and became one of the symbolic figures of the resistance against the coup.

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The name of the Turkish people is strength and faith
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Akıncı Base
The name of the Turkish people is strength and faith
R.Y.K. : Derya Ovacıklı Interviewee
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Derya Ovacikli, who was injured by FETÖ gunfire at the Akıncı 4th Main Jet Base Command during the July 15 coup attempt, said: “It is an honor for me to have shed a drop of blood for my country. The name of the Turkish people is strenght and faith.”
My son will never allow the infidel to touch my blood
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General Staff Headquarters
My son will never allow the infidel to touch my blood
R.Y.K. : Erkan Ölçücüoğlu Interviewee
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Erkan Ölçücüoğlu, a doctor who was injured upon being shot in front of the Turkish General Staff by FETÖ on the night of the July 15 coup attempt said, “ Fortunately, my blood is on this soil. I hope my son too won’t allow the infidel, the vile, to touch this blood.”
He lost his leg for his country
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Police Headquarters
He lost his leg for his country
R.Y.K. : Ersin Karabucak Interviewee
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Ersin Karabucak, who lost his leg after being shot in front of the Ankara Police Headquarters in Ankara on the night of the July 15 coup attempt carried out by FETÖ said, “ We did everything possible for our country. May our country stand forever.”
Bullets rained on a cab carrying wounded
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Çengelköy
Bullets rained on a cab carrying wounded
R.Y.K. : Fatih Saatçi Interviewee
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Fatih Saatçi, who opposed the traitors in Çengelköy and carried the wounded in his taxi despite it being hit by 14 bullets during 15 July FETÖ coup attempt, said: “I heard a ranked officer ordering to shoot the taxi. Exactly 14 bullets hit my cab while I was carrying the wounded.”
It was as if I flew that night
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Atatürk Airport
It was as if I flew that night
R.Y.K. : Hacı Akkaya Interviewee
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Hacı Akkaya, who walked 8 kilometers with a crippled leg to stop the traitors at Atatürk Airport during the July 15 FETÖ coup attempt, said in reference to that night: “I was resurrected. Sometimes I can’t go to the mosque from home. That night it was as if I was flying.”
Halisdemir’s father: I raised him for the country, gave him to the country
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Special Forces Command
Halisdemir’s father: I raised him for the country, gave him to the country
R.Y.K. : Hasan Hüseyin Halisdemir Interviewee
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Hasan Hüseyin Halisdemir, the father of Ömer Halisdemir, the man who changed the course of the July 15 FETÖ coup attempt perpetrated, in reference to his heroic son said: “I raised him for the country, gave him to the country.”
‘I came here for the survival of the state, I will not point a weapon at the people’
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Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade Command
‘I came here for the survival of the state, I will not point a weapon at the people’
R.Y.K. : Mehmet Abacı Interviewee
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On the night of the failed July 15 FETÖ coup attempt, Command Sergeant Major Mehmet Abacı with the Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade Command, in response to the coup commanders’ order for martial law, said: “I am not a part of this, I will not fire on my people. I am here for the survival of the state. Arrest me if necessary.”
He is my child but Turkey’s martyr
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Borsa İstanbul
He is my child but Turkey’s martyr
R.Y.K. : Mehmet Şevket Uzun Interviewee
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Nuriye Uzun, the wife of Mehmet Şevket Uzun, a police officer who was martyred in front of the Istanbul Stock Exchange building during the July 15 coup attempt carried out by FETÖ, said , “Şevket never feared death. He always longed to be honored with martyrdom.”

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Democracy watch rallies held for 28 days after coup attempt
Democracy watch rallies held for 28 days after coup attempt

Democracy watches were launched across Turkey's 81 provinces after the coup attempt and lasted for days. Millions of civilians from ages 7 to 70 participated in the democracy watches, which were most crowded after work hours, but in the first light of the morning, the squares were not empty.

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Infographic

The majority of those martyred on the night of July 15 while resisting the coup bid were married with children. As many as 355 people were left without a parent, including 264 children.

Symbols of the Turkish people’s resistance to the coup attempt
Symbols of the Turkish people’s resistance to the coup attempt

Symbols of resistance that were used in democracy watches held across Turkey were always the same. The flags, anthems, slogans and food at the democracy watches became symbols of Turkey's resistance against the coup.

What motivated the people to take to the streets?
What motivated the people to take to the streets?

During the July 15 coup attempt, 92 of the 248 martyrs went out to the streets after the call of President Erdoğan. After the critical call of the president, the streets were filled.

FETÖ’s international organizational structure
FETÖ’s international organizational structure

The data, including the structuring of FETÖ in 100 countries, active in 170 countries in the world, gives the number of establishments such as schools, associations, foundations, financial resources and media that can be determined. The total number of detectable FETÖ establishments is 1470.

The mosques where Fetullah Gülen delivered sermons
The mosques where Fetullah Gülen delivered sermons

Fetullah Gülen, the leader of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), delivered sermons between 1953 and 1991. In 38 years Gülen, who is responsible for the July 15 coup bid, delivered speeches in numerous mosques.

FETÖ’s organizational chart
FETÖ’s organizational chart

The total number of the institutions of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) is 1470. FETÖ is operating in 170 countries via its institutions.

FETÖ's judicial structure
FETÖ's judicial structure

Since the 1980’s, judicial institutions have become FETÖ’s most strategic targets of infiltration activities as it attempted to seize control over the government. Once within the judiciary, a member of FETÖ would mentor and assign judges and prosecutors, and during the 2000s, they would sign on a large number of operations.

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Turkey on the night of July 15
Turkey on the night of July 15
On July 15, FETÖ members sent the so-called new 'appointments' they had prepared earlier to the coup leaders across Turkey's 81 provinces. While there were military movements on the ground in more than 25 provinces following the instruction of the Peace At Home Council, many warplanes, helicopters, and tanks were used during the coup attempt. Many civilians, police officers, and soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack of the coup. The public repelled the treacherous coup attempt.
July 15 martyrs across Turkey
July 15 martyrs across Turkey
On July 15, with the call of President Erdoğan, millions of people who came to the squares across Turkey's 81 provinces and fought against the coup attempt. As a result of the direct attacks of putschists on civilians, 241 heroes were martyred and 2,194 people were wounded.
Balıkesir 9th Main Jet Base
Balıkesir 9th Main Jet Base
Putschist pilots who took off from Balikesir 9th Main Jet Base, conducted low altitude flights over the Marmara Region and Istanbul. The base was cleared from the coup with the operation on the morning of July 16. After ensuring control of the base, TAF aircrafts departing from the Balıkesir base struck the Akıncı 4th Main Jet Base captured by the putschists.
FETÖ's Structure - Global
Global
FETÖ's Structure - Global
Beginning to operate abroad in 1989, FETÖ has many schools, colleges, associations, foundations, media centers and universities in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and America. It is estimated that FETÖ, which is active in 170 countries across the world, has nearly 3,000 institutions and organizations in total.
President Erdoğan's Route
President Erdoğan's Route
President Erdoğan learned of the coup attempt in the hotel he was staying in Marmaris. Later, the president, who participated in a TV broadcast, invited the public to the squares to stand against the coup attempt. Erdoğan, who showed great leadership in the face of the coup attempt, first came to Dalaman and then to Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Prime Minister Yıldırım's Route
Prime Minister Yıldırım's Route
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who was in the prime ministerial office in Dolmabahçe Palace on July 15, went out to go to Ankara. Knowing the extraordinary situation in Tuzla, Yıldırım went to Ankara. Yıldırım's convoy, who learned that the conflicts in Ankara and Bolu had increased, even more, changed his route and headed toward Ilgaz to pass through Kastamonu.
CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu's Route
CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu's Route
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who arrived in Istanbul from Ankara on July 15, was informed of the coup attempt after he landed at Atatürk Airport. Kilicdaroglu, who spent the night in Bakırköy, passed by boat to Pendik on the morning of July 16. Kılıçdaroğlu, who came to Ankara from Pendik by road, made a speech against the coup by participating in the extraordinary parliamentary session organized by the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Chief of General Staff Akar's Route
Chief of General Staff Akar's Route
On July 15, coup troops took the Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar in the Headquarters of the General Staff hostage and seized the headquarters. Akar was taken to the Akıncı 4th Main Jet Base by helicopter. Akar, who was kept there for the night, was rescued by the operation on the morning of July 16 and brought to Çankaya Palace Complex.