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>> Rebel generals in Turkey staged a curiously 20th century coupe that was overcome by the use of 21st century communications technology and people power. I'm Paul Taylor, Reuter's European Affairs Editor in Brussels, where EU foreign ministers are meeting on Monday to discuss the aftermath of the Turkish coup attempt and its failure.
ll, basically this coup could have been done in the late 1970s. They were working, it would seem, outside the military chain of command, and from a play book that was very much the 20th century coup. You seize the airport, you send tanks to the main road junctions, you close the bridges, you seize the television station, announce a coup, and tell people to stay home and there's a curfew.
It was counting without all of the social media, private television, mobile phone networks, all of the applications that people use daily, which were in fact to defeat the coup. The other mistake that the coup plotters made was that they failed to secure control of any of the political leadership of Turkey.
They neglected to deal with the modern technology, which makes communication so much easier among citizens. At a crucial moment during the coup, President Erdogan went on television via a FaceTime application on a reporter's smartphone.>>
> This shot proved that the President was free, was able to call on people to go out into the streets, to go out into the squares and to demonstrate in support of the elected government.