I was quite surprised that the airport reopened after just six hours. However, I did read that it was vital to the country since all of the Turkish Airlines planes are based there, and if they didn't get moving again, nothing could land there either.
The Eiffel Tower was illuminated in the colours of the Turkish flag last night.
It is unfortunate - horrible - that we seem to have continuous opportunities to illuminate landmarks in honor of the poor, unfortunate victims. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had a more peaceful world.
The attacks took place outside the airport, at the first check. If it is like the other airport, Sabiha Gokcne, you have a line of about 10 m inside the airport then go through metal detectors. Then you enter the departure hall.
the things i read said that a part of the army tried to take control but it wasn't clear how succesful they were, but i am also too tired to read more. i must admit, while i was planning to keep watching the news on my phone on vacation, i am currently wondering if i shouldn't try to ignore all news for two weeks, it is making me feel even more overwhelmed. but maybe that's just because i am tired, but it seems it is so much right now ...
I wonder if the illuminations world-wide, the flags, the masses of flower and candle shrines, the VIPs all coming to the sites to make speeches, the memorials and marches and then the remembrance days after the event don't all feed straight into the plans of the killers. Although it is a natural response, maybe it is the glorification that the evil-doers are craving and which encourages more attacks.
What would happen if everyone chose to just carry on. For the country's leader to simply say "An attack has been noted, please continue your daily activities while all help shall be given to those affected. No flowers or fuss...show your respect and courage by just going about your daily routines as normal." The media would be able to report the event with no pictures or dramatic interviews, just the bare facts. I know this is impossible, but maybe it would take the 'terror' out of 'terrorists'.
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The two main bridges in Istanbul had been illuminated with the French tricolor in sympathy with Nice....and so things turn, turn again. The US news coverage is about "legally elected President..." either having forgotten or never paid attention to the history of the man, that when he didn't win the first election, he called almost immediately for a second....and since it's big news and Turkey is supposed to be our close ally....of course the reporters pronouncing such things seem to have also forgotten how the news is censored in Turkey and how many reports have been thrown in jail. Of course my understanding is based on what I've read in the Guardian and I've come to not trust it as much as I used to... I think ultimately we will learn more of the real news from blog posts and youtube videos who are not attached to the 'official line'. On Thorn Tree a regular who lives in Turkey had no news, just posted: "Pray for Turkey". That makes it sound religious which many people don't do but I tend to think of it as making a statement in the subjunctive...."that ____ might____". A wish, a prayer, a whatever. Just wanting it to be better.
Thanks for that, Gabriele. You perfectly articulated my frustration on finding real news. It's a helluva a note when one finds oneself thinking a military coup is a good thing. "Pray for Turkey" is another expression of semi-hopeless frustration, isn't it?
Rikita, your comment about being overwhelmed made me admit to myself how numb I feel about recent events. I register the horror intellectually, but it almost doesn't reach me anymore.
The coup appears to have failed. I shudder to think what will happen next.
The reporter on France 24 lives in Ankara and he said his wife is a doctor working in a hospital there. She said many of the wounded being treated had been shot with birdshot, i.e. shotguns, not something the military or police use, so he figured that Erdogan's supporters had been out fighting.
The title of this thread should probably be changed to reflect posting about the ever more worrisome events in Turkey.
For now, I'll just add the depressing news that the US's low-life power-hungry demagogue rushed to congratulate Erdogan on his power-grabbing referendum success, even as the EU is calling for an investigation into that referendum's results.