Security cameras show Turkish soldiers storming the state-run TRT television studios in Ankara on the night of the July attempted coup. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Surveillance camera footage was released on Tuesday (August 16) by state-run broadcasters TRT showing rebel soldiers storming their headquarters in Ankara and later reading a military statement officially announcing they seized the power on the night of the failed coup attempt. Footage showed a group of rebel soldiers detaining employees on Friday, July 15 as they entered through the main gate. TRT was taken off the air shortly after an announcer read a statement from the military saying it had taken over the government in a coup and the country would be run by a "peace council" to ensure the safety of the population. It resumed broadcasting in the early hours of Saturday, July 16 as the coup attempt crumbled after President Tayyip Erdogan rushed back to Istanbul from a Mediterranean holiday and urged people to take to the streets to support his government against plotters he accused of trying to kill him. At least 240 people, mostly civilians, were killed, more than 2,000 were wounded in clashes on the night of the failed coup attempt. More than 35,000 people have been detained in a massive purge since the July 15 attempted putsch, when a group of rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow the government. Turkey blames the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for the July 15 failed putsch and wants the United States to extradite him. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, has denied the charge and condemned the coup. Washington has said it would need to see clear evidence before it can take action on the extradition request.