SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileIt was men in uniform who took to their tanks and fighter jets and upended Turkey a week ago when a faction of the military tried to wrest control of the government in what turned out to be a failed coup.It may come as a surprise, then, that the most popular men in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square on Thursday afternoon were a half dozen special forces police officers decked out in green camouflage, guns slung over their shoulder, with the Ray Ban aviator shades adding just a little extra dash of cool.Mustafa Kocyigit takes a selfie in front of several special forces police officers in Taksim Square. (Derek Stoffel/CBC News)”They’re our forces, and we always have loved them,” said Mustafa Kocyigit, who posed for at least a dozen selfies with the officers behind him.The impromptu photo session in the square highlights the important and divisive role Turkey’s military and police force play in society here.In a country that’s no stranger to military coups (the last successful one was back in 1980), many Turks continue to see the army as the institution that upholds the secular values of the modern Turkish state, founded in 1923 by Kemal Ataturk, whose statue provided the backdrop for the selfies.But more conservative Muslim Turks have grown suspicious of their armed forces over the last decade, as the country’s prime minister turned president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, removed elements from the military that he felt opposed him.Some here say that’s turned into a witch hunt in the week since the attempted coup.ANALYSIS Expect more instability in aftermath of failed coup in TurkeyErdogan vows Turkey coup plotters will pay ‘heavy price’Erdogan sets stage for return of death penaltyNearly 70,000 members of Turkey’s military, police officers, judges and civil servants have either been arrested or suspended from their jobs since the revolt last Friday night, which the government estimates killed 246 people and wounded more than 1,500 others.No. 1 enemyMore than 600 private schools have been shut and many academics from Turkish universities have been barred from leaving the country.President Erdogan has blamed the coup attempt on a former ally who’s become his No.
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