Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to stay in power hours after an attempted coup. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday (July 16) said he would stay with his "people" and not go anywhere, hours after a section of the military attempted to overthrow him. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday (July 15) and was shown on TV appearing among a crowd of supporters outside the airport, which the coup plotters had failed to secure. The uprising was an "act of treason", and those responsible would pay a heavy price, he later told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference. Arrests of officers were under way, and it would go higher up the ranks, culminating in the cleansing of the military. Erdogan and other officials blamed the attempted coup on followers of Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric in self-imposed exile in the United States who once supported Erdogan but became a nemesis. The pro-Gulen Alliance for Shared Values said it condemned any military intervention in domestic politics