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A failed coup attempt and the triumph of democracy

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By Ersin Ercin

Democracy is the keystone of modern societies. This system has stood the test of time as the most effective method of organizing society. However, democracies are also fragile and unstable unless they are supported by strong pillars or institutions.

As a matter of fact, throughout decades, many aspiring democracies, such as Turkey and Korea, have experienced the interference of these threats and have fought hard in defense of freedom.

July 15, 2016, is a date that marks a very unusual and insidious incident in recent Turkish history. The failed coup attempt will always be remembered as a day of sorrow and betrayal, but also one of perseverance and triumph against an evil perpetrator.

On this day three years ago, a terrorist organization that had entrenched itself deep inside the Turkish state apparatus manifested its ugly face in a deplorable act of violence against Turkish democracy and its people.

Attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government of Turkey, the coup plotters staged a nationwide mutiny, bombing the office of the president, the Turkish Grand National Assembly and other state and public buildings with F16 fighter jets, combat helicopters, armored vehicles and tanks, killing and wounding hundreds of Turkish citizens that took to the streets to fight the mutineers. Some 250 people lost their lives, including civilians, soldiers and police officers.

The following morning, the threat was overcome thanks to the heroic acts of Turkish citizens ― as well as security forces ― and the government eventually restored control over the army and all other state........

© The Korea Times