I have a friend who lives in Boston but his kids are in Istanbul right now visiting their grandparents. State Department is telling them shelter in place for now.
So obviously, the situation is more complicated than my armchair take. This person, who knows more than I do takes issue with the term "secularist," preferring "kemalist" (ie, pandering to a different strain of conservative religious folk than Erdogan).
If this apparently failed coup was what I think it was, I wish it had been successful. That is to say, I dispute the democratic legitimacy of Erdogan's power and have at least as much faith in the good intentions of the officer corps of the Turkish army as I do in him. He would do well not to make the post-coup purge/witch hunt too unseemly or brutal, although that's kind of his thing.
Easy for me to say as an American, I know.
The american police are so tentative compared to Erdogan's guards
in that video. Bigger & more armored too, but the bodyguards are the kickers.
I've been reading the Kapka Kassabova book about Thrace, a region
encompassing parts of Turkey, Greece, & a lot of Bulgaria. Great book!
She goes into detail about Bulgaria's Turkish assimilation campaign
in the 80's. You weren't allowed to be Turkish there, people had to
change their names, speak another language, let the banks take all
their money.. they were like Mexicans here - built the place, but no
rights. Lots got killed.
It's so easy here to forget how crazy the "European identity" is - the
nationalist, fortress mentality. Turkey, our biggest ally & full of huge
US air bases, was still excluded from one of the poorest, shittiest &
meanest countries in Europe in the 80s. And now they can repress
their own ethnic minority, one that will never go away, & one which
represents a women's movement to much of world.