Thousands of people hit the streets protesting the attempted military coup in Turkey

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People demonstrate in front of the Republic Monument at Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 16.
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REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish citizens began flooding the streets late Friday night and early Saturday morning in response to an attempted military coup.

The Turkish military apparently staged the uprising, deploying military into the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey’s largest city and capital, respectively.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a statement that aired on CNN Turk over Apple FaceTime, calling on Turkish citizens to “gather in squares, airports.”

People responded by gathering in the streets of Istanbul, photos on social media show.

It is not yet clear how many are protesting in favor of Erdogan and how many are in favor of the coup.

Footage emerged of protesters overrunning the military tanks rolling into Istanbul. Soldiers reportedly began opening fire at protesters near Istanbul’s Bosporus bridge.

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Turkish military stand guard near Taksim Square as people wave Turkish flags in Istanbul on July 16.
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REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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People stand on a Turkish army tank in Ankara on July 16.
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REUTERS/Tumay Berkin

“Assuming this is a coup, don’t underestimate the power of the government to get its supporters into the streets,” Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum and an analyst of Middle Eastern politics, tweeted. “Erdogan has millions of true believers.”

View photos and videos from the apparent protests below:

Istanbul’s Üsküdar. Tankgetting blocked by protesters. pic.twitter.com/GrNKtiQV59

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Civilians swarming, stoppingthen overtaking a tank belonging to the #TurkishCoupperpetrators. pic.twitter.com/T55hAkIr7e

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