PHOTOS: Here’s how the uprising in Turkey unfolded

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People demonstrate in front of the Republic Monument at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 16.
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Turkey descended into chaos on Friday night as a faction of the country’s armed forces attempted to take control of the government. The group apparently declared martial law and deployed forces onto the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey’s largest city and capital, respectively.

More than 250 people were killed. Many more were arrested.

But even as military forces reportedly shut off access to some corners of social media in the region, civilians and photographers in Turkey have been documenting the events as they unfolded.

Here’s a look from the scene:


Turkish army tanks move in the main streets in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016 in Ankara.

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Turkish police officers stand by a car near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The Turkish military stand guard in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

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Civilian supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan react to shots fired in the air by the military at the Taksim Square.

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Here are people demonstrating in front of the Republic Monument at Taksim Square.

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Protesters were apparently killed as they were attempting to cross Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge in protest. Here’s a general view of the bridge.

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Here’s another view from the Bosporus Bridge.


People stand on a Turkish army tank in Ankara.

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People stand on a Turkish army tank in Ankara, Turkey July 16, 2016.
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Citizens have taken to the streets.


Some have climbed on top of military tanks.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for civilians to oppose the military’s actions.


People are marching.


People take to the streets in support of Erdogan.

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More of Erdogan’s supporters making their voices known.

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Here are more of President Erdogan’s supporters demonstrating in the streets.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on civilians to protest the military coup in the streets, and they responded.

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More supporters of the Turkish president.

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They do not appear to be going quietly.

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Supporters of Erdogan chant slogans on the main streets in Ankara, Turkey

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Turkish soldiers inspect the cars as they enter Ataturk Airport.

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A Turkish army tank enters the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

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People gather near the Turkish army’s APC near Ataturk Airport.

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