VIDEO: Man survives after two tanks roll over him during failed coup attempt
ISTANBULA man survived after two tanks rolled over him during the July 15 failed coup attempt in the Üsküdar district of Istanbul. Video footage of the incident recorded by a nearby security camera showed Sabri Ünal, 34, attempting to stop the tanks by lying in front of them.
“The real owners of this heroic story are the martyrs and wounded citizens. I only contributed to it with a protest that lasted for a minute,” Ünal told Doğan News Agency, while in hospital receiving treatment.
The footage shows Ünal holding his hands up to prevent a tank from advancing and lying in front of it after the tank did not stop. The tank is then seen rolling over him. Ünal managed to survive by positioning himself between the tank’s treads, the footage also showed.
“I threw rocks at the tanks and made a stop sign. However, a tank didn’t stop, so as soon as I understood that it would roll over me, I laid down between the treads. Thank God I survived and I stood up. The second tank came. I tried to escape from it, but when I understood that I wouldn’t be able to do that, I tried to lie down between the treads once again. The second tank crushed my arm,” he said.
The footage also shows Ünal being unable to stand up after the second tank passes, as people run to the scene to rescue him.