Turkey coup attempt: Prime minister calls night of violence a ‘dark stain for democracy’

What we know:

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul where he was met by large crowds at Ataturk Airport.
  • He declared that the “government brought to power by the people is in charge.”
  • While the government seems to be consolidating control in Istanbul, the situation remains more uncertain in the capital of Ankara, which appears to be the epicenter of the uprising.
  • At least 161 people have been killed and scores more injured in attacks related to the attempted coup.
  • Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim said 2,839 plotters had been detained.

How it began:

  • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a Turkish television network shortly before 1 p.m. Pacific that reports that a coup had been attempted in his country were correct.
  • Military officials claimed they had seized control of the country shortly before 2 p.m.
  • In an interview with CNN Turk, Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to the streets.
  • By Friday night, Turkish television was broadcasting images of rebel soldiers surrendering.