Thousands take to the streets of Ankara, Turkey for a third night to show solidarity with President Tayyip Erdogan following a failed coup attempt. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). For the third straight night, thousands of Turks have flooded into the streets of Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey, to show their support for President Tayyip Erdogan. On Friday night, a group of rebel soldiers using tanks, attack helicopters and fighter jets attempted to topple Erdogan, strafing parliament and intelligence headquarters in Ankara while seizing a bridge and surrounding the airport in Istanbul. Yet the coup, in which at least 265 people were killed, was thwarted as Erdogan rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and urged people to take to the streets to support his government. Minister of Agriculture Faruk Celik told a crowd gathered in Ankara, "To those who want to drag us into chaos by causing trouble and staging a coup, you should know nobody has succeed in that and neither will you. You will not manage to break our unity and solidarity." The sharp-tongued Erdogan has ruled Turkey since 2003, and is often accused of authoritarian rule at home. He has frequently fallen out with neighbors such as Israel, Iran, Russia and the European Union as he tried to carve out a greater role for Turkey in the Middle East.