Internet Blackouts During Turkey Coup

A military coup has taken place in Turkey following overnight reports of gunfire and low flying military planes and helicopters in Ankara. The Turkey coup involves parts of the military who have gone renegade in an attempt to overthrow the government, said prime minister Binali Yıldırım .

Yildirim also commented that Turkey’s security forces are working to regain control of the situation, which has involved renegade military factions in both Istanbul and Ankara. Talking to news channel, NTV, Yildirim said,

‘Some people took illegal action outside of the chain of command. The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.’

The Turkish military, on the other hand, has released its own statement claiming that it has taken control of the country away from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That statement read as follows,

‘Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged.’

Despite the army’s bold statement claiming to have taken control of the country, Erdogan has been confirmed to be alive and well, himself issuing a statement to the press in a live conference in Istanbul. The president appeared to huge cheers from his supporters and said that the army must be cleansed from the inside out, declaring the actions of the military an act of treason.

Official reports have revealed that the two Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul have been closed. Those official reports claim that 60 people died overnight, many of which are civilians. 3000 members of the army were also arrested according to those officials. In addition to those arrested members of the military, 2700 judges have been fired for alleged links to the insurgents. Though quite how those connections have been made so quickly is anybody’s guess and seems to imply some kind of foreknowledge of the ongoing military action.

According to Prime Minister Yildirim, the coup is already largely under control, though he has confirmed that the army has been told to shoot down any offending aircraft in Turkish airspace, believed to be under the control of the renegade military faction. One helicopter under the control of the Turkey coup militia has already been shot down over Ankara, causing a number of civilian casualties.

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The Turkey coup is the result of the growth of anti-Erdogan feelings within the army and Turkey as a whole. Those feelings of dissent have been growing steadily for some time, due to the actions of the highly loathed leader. These

These include, the abuse of power at the hands of the Police force; government involvement in extreme violence against protesters in Eastern Turkey, where 458 civilians were slaughtered; A government sanctioned clamp down of the media (including the imprisonment of journalists being trialed for treason for exposing the questionable practices of the Erdogan’s government), and accusations that Turkey is actively providing safe passage for Daesh fighters.

Turkey Coup Affected the Internet

During the coup in Turkey some websites such as Facebook and Twitter were also cut off, to stop dissenters, journalists, and Turkish civilians from being able to communicate: In order to help Erdogan’s security forces quell the uprising as quickly as possible. With blocks imposed on the Internet, anybody wanting to retain full use of the Internet is massively recommended to get a VPN service. For our review of the five best VPNs for Turkey coup, please look here.

Unbelievably, the surrender of 60 renegade troops who had taken over one of Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridges was shown live on TV on Saturday morning.

For now, General Umit Dundar who is commander in chief of the 1st army has been appointed chief of staff of the military. This follows reports that General Hulusi Akar has gone missing believed to be kidnapped during the Turkey coup.

Ataturk airport, which had canceled all flights going in and out due to the ongoing aggression has now reopened under the control of Erdogan’s military units. According to the Turkish foreign ministry, the coup had been quelled because of the fast, coordinated actions of loyal police and army as well as civilians,

‘The coup was foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity. Our president and government are in charge,’ the statement said,

‘Turkish Armed Forces was not involved in the coup attempt in its entirety. It was conducted by a clique within the armed forces and received a well-deserved response from our nation.’

A district attorney has announced that over 42 civilians were killed in Ankara alone, with over 160 dead in total. It is also believed that around 1440 military personnel have been injured in some capacity or another during the Turkey coup.

For now, it is unclear who is leading the Turkey coup or how much support they have and from where. Erdogan has imposed curfews and declared martial law throughout Turkey in response to the coup, and reports of gunfire is still emerging from cities around the nation. Curfews are no doubt in place because of fear that there will be renewed violence tonight, after what has been described as a nightmare night last night.

Nato has called for there to be a ‘full respect’ of Turkey’s democratic institutions, but as yet it is hard to tell whether the developing situation is over.

According to Turkey Blocks, an organization whose job it is to monitor censorship in the country access to blocked sites has now been reinstated, following the failure of the insurgents. “Our data indicated a 2 hour period of social media throttling but no evidence of a full internet blackout in #Turkey,” read their official statement.

Gustaf Björksten from Access Now said it was too early to tell if the Internet blocks were imposed by the government,

‘As governments and the carriers get more skilled at implementing network interference, they move toward tactics that are more difficult to prove … the picture in Turkey right now is far from clear to us.’

A statement from Twitter about the blackouts said,

‘We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked in #Turkey, but we suspect there is an intentional slowing of our traffic in country.’

As of yet, it remains unknown whether the coup has indeed been fully brought to its knees, or whether it will cause any more Internet blackouts. For now, the best idea  for Turkish nationals is to prepare (just in case) with a VPN service. For anybody that wants to do so, we firmly advise looking at our list of the Best VPNs for Turkey coup.


Ray Walsh I am a freelance journalist and blogger from England. I am highly interested in politics and in particular the subject of IR and I am an advocate for freedom of speech, equality and personal privacy. On a more personal level I like to stay active, love snowboarding, swimming and cycling, enjoy seafood and love to listen to trap music.

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