Journalist on streets of Istanbul cuts our interview short as gunfire erupts around him
The mood in Turkey is tense as factions of the military attempted a coup to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Thousands of people have come out on the streets where it's unclear who is in control.
Forces have blocked bridges and the military has taken over the country's main airport. In a statement, the military says that armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country. But a presidential spokesperson insists that the Turkish government is still in power.
Late Friday night, President Erdogan denounced the coup and said those responsible would pay a heavy price.
Earlier Friday evening, As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner spoke with freelance journalist Oz Katerji on the streets of Istanbul. We reached him at Taksim Square as gunfire erupted amongst military personnel and pro-government protestors in a stand-off.
"Protestors are currently chanting "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great" and they are also chanting "military leave" or "military out," Katerji explains. "Oh! Here we go — they're shooting now! It's coming from the police. They're shooting shots in the air!"
Mustafa Akyol is a columnist with Al-Monitor. He's also in Istanbul and spoke with As It Happens guest host Susan Booner on Friday as news of the coup first broke.