Fleeing the coup: Uprising leaders land a helicopter in Greece and seek asylum as Turkish leaders demand the 'treacherous officers' are extradited

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  • Two majors, a captain and five privates arrived in military a helicopter
  • Greece arrested eight soldiers for illegal entry and led off in handcuffs
  • They have now requested asylum in the EU state, reports Turkish media 

By

James Dunn For Mailonline


Published:
08:05 EST, 16 July 2016

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Updated:
08:09 EST, 16 July 2016

Turkey has demanded the return of eight ‘treacherous’ rebels who have fled to Greece and requested asylum after last night’s military coup.

Two majors, a captain and five privates have landed in the EU nation in a military helicopter today, according to Turkish Dogan news agency.

Greece’s defence ministry confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter carrying seven Turkish military personnel and one civilian landed in the city of Alexandroupolis earlier Saturday.

The passengers asked for asylum and were arrested for illegal entry into Greece.

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Turkey has demanded the return of eight 'treacherous' rebels who have fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested asylum after last night's military coup

Turkey has demanded the return of eight ‘treacherous’ rebels who have fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested asylum after last night’s military coup

Two majors, a captain and five privates have landed in the EU nation in a military helicopter today, according to Turkish Dogan news agency

Two majors, a captain and five privates have landed in the EU nation in a military helicopter today, according to Turkish Dogan news agency

Greece's defense ministry confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter carrying seven Turkish military personnel and one civilian landed in the city of Alexandroupolis earlier Saturday

Greece’s defense ministry confirmed that a Blackhawk helicopter carrying seven Turkish military personnel and one civilian landed in the city of Alexandroupolis earlier Saturday

Some 104 plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, while 160 people - at least 41 of them police and 47 civilians - fell as 'martyrs'

Some 104 plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, while 160 people – at least 41 of them police and 47 civilians – fell as ‘martyrs’

Footage shows Greek officials leading the men out in handcuffs after the coup, in which more than 200 people – including 47 civilians – were killed. 

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demanded ‘the immediate return of the eight treacherous officers,’ reports Dogan.

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country, ignoring a curfew issued by coup plotters designed to allow the army to bring down the government unopposed.

President Erdogan called on people to take to the streets, leading to reports of groups of soldiers surrendering at several key locations in Ankara and Istanbul, including Bosphorus Bridge.

Around 100 rebels laid down their arms and submitted themselves to advancing civilians and police officers.

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country

Ordinary Turks confronted rifle-wielding soldiers, climbed atop tanks and laid in front of military vehicles in an effort to take back control of the country

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This morning the President used Twitter to call on supporters to prevent any additional military action, adding: ‘We should keep on owning the streets no matter at what stage because a new flare-up could take place at any moment.’

Some 104 plotters were killed after a coup attempt to bring down the Turkish government, while 160 people – at least 41 of them police and 47 civilians – fell as ‘martyrs’.

Throughout the night, supporters of Erdogan threw themselves in front of tanks at key landmarks to prevent the military from maintaining a stranglehold on the country, notably outside Ataturk airport in Istanbul, where some civilians lodged themselves under the wheels of tanks to stop them from advancing.

More than 2,800 rebels have been detained after their failed military coup that killed at least 250 and wounded more than 1,500, with Erdogan vowing revenge for the bloody uprising.

 

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