As a coup against Turkey's government took place yesterday, Turkish citizens were sent a text message that urged them to take to the streets to support democracy and resist the coup. The text message appears to have been sent out during the coup from Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).
It's not clear how many people got the message, although many took to Twitter to report seeing it. According to The New York Times, this is what they received:
Dear children of the Turkish nation. This action is a coup against the nation, commandeering armored vehicles and weapons in Ankara and Istanbul, behaving as if it were the 1970s. Honorable Turkish nation, claim democracy and peace: I am calling you to the streets against this action of a narrow cadre that has fallen against the Turkish nation. Claim the state, claim the nation.
While it's not clear how influential the text message was, many Turkish civilians took to the streets, as the government had hoped.
Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan returned to the country this morning from an undisclosed location, where he said that those involved in the uprising would pay a "heavy price," and announced that his government was moving quickly to arrest those involved.
Others reported getting variations of the message:
"We are expecting all our ppl to squares to defend national will."
Woke up to this SMS from "Govt of Rep of Turkey": "we are expecting all our ppl to squares to defend national will" pic.twitter.com/UUqj8uantG— Esin E. (@esi_ee) July 16, 2016
"Stand up and fight for democracy."
#Turkey Erdogan mandó un sms a todos los celulares turcos activos en la mañana del sábado "Levántate y lucha por la democracia"— Mari Riquelme (@MariRiquelme) July 16, 2016
The government also addressed citizens through other means. Yesterday, President Erdogan used Apple FaceTime to address the ongoing coup, stating that, "There is no power higher than the power of the people."