Turkey a member of the UN, NATO and an early member of the European Union has a multi-cultured, multi-ethnic society and with its growing economy and various diplomatic initiatives has gained recognition as a regional power.
On the other hand, the country is not new for military coups there have been 4 such coups in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1993. The major duties of the army is to guard the national frontiers and protect the country from inner and exterior aggressions.
Quite often army has deviated from these primary responsibilities and captured power from a democratically elected government.
The army coup which started on 15th July ( Friday) at 11.25 pm when a faction of soldiers rolled out with tanks, stating Martial Law has been made and army has taken over the administration was shortly met by a counter-offensive by Turkish President Erdogan at 0.25 am Saturday addressing the country over a Facetime requesting the people to come on the streets and fight for democracy.
In Ankara and Istanbul people arrived in huge numbers exhibited against the army and confronted the oncoming tanks and overhead helicopters.
By early following morning, just about everything was over with President Erdogan back in power. Over 290 people died which also involved 60 police personnel and a few army personnel. Turkish President Erdogan and the Turkish people have shown to the entire world the might and power of Democracy. Bullets are unable to triumph over the will of the people. There have been many army coups in the last century which concluded in blood bath or which happen to be bloodless with a smooth changeover of power, but there has never been an armed forces coup in which the President or the Head of the country got in contact with his people and motivated them to fight for democracy.
As the head of the nation, he’s got such a right to ask his people to protect their privileges and duties and the individuals being happy with his government obliged their President. The Turkish President and the valiant Turkish individuals have set this kind of example to the world that Democracy is supreme, the will of the people must be respected.