Live From Turkey: Soldiers Everywhere; Possible Military Coup
Update 5:21 p.m. EST: The Turkish military has taken over state news channel TRT. The news presenter was obviously afraid when she suddenly came back on to read the official statement of the military.
In the statement the military says that it staged the coup in order to protect Turkey's secular system, and ironically its democracy, against an autocratic government. That is: the government led by President Erdogan who was over the last few months planning a major takeover of his own by creating a so-called presidential rather than a parliamentary system.
The military has made it known we're not allowed to go outside. Tensions are rising fast, not only in Ankara and Istanbul where soldiers and tanks are patrolling the streets while fighter jets are flying overhead, but also in my city of Izmir (the country's third largest city).
Update 5:53 p.m. EST: The head of the ruling AK Party (Justice and Development Party) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to CNNTürk. He told Erdogan supporters to go out in the streets to resist the military coup.