Erdogan's mass appeal saved him on coup night

In the tense hours when rebel troops attacked, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called directly on the Turkish people to resist the mutineersMore than his security forces, what saved Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers. In the tense hours when rebel troops attacked with fighter jets and tanks, and commandos were closing in on him, Erdogan called directly on the Turkish people to resist the mutineers. Using the social media he previously despised, and sometimes blocked, he mobilised the citizens who confronted and stopped the plotters.

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