Erdogan texts Turkish people: stand up for democracy

Erdogan texts Turkish people: stand up for democracy

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters)

Istanbul (ANTARA News) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a mass text message to Turkish mobile phones on Saturday imploring Turks to "stand up" for democracy and peace.

The message which came from "RT ERDOGAN" and was signed with his full name, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also called on people to take to the streets against a "narrow cadre", Reuters reported.

Meanwhile Russia reiterates its readiness for joint constructive work with the legitimate leadership of Turkey, Russias Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"The aggravating political situation (in Turkey) against the backdrop of existing terrorist threats in this country and an armed conflict in the region pose increased danger to international and regional stability," the ministry said in a statement.

Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogans call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.