1. Various of Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara at desk,
2. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara:
"As the events unfolded (on the evening of the attempted coup on 15 July), I used all of the greater (Ankara) municipality's vehicles to block off the tanks and armoured vehicles, and we were very successful. We dispatched all our vehicles - cars, trucks, bulldozers, excavators - to Ankara's four corners. Our buses, too, and we blocked off the roads. When we blocked off the roads the tanks couldn't pass."
3. Cutaway of Gokcek's eyes
4. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara:
"The public doesn't approve of military units being present in city centres. However, there's a habit that dates back to the early days of the (Turkish) Republic in which the army is in the centre (of town). And, because (attempted) coups are frequent, military units have been placed (in city centres) for use during these coups and as a tool for psychological pressure. The latest events showed that soldiers being present in the city centre brings distress. In that regard, it's most logical for military installations in the centre of the city to be to be moved away from there and for troops to be where they should be (outside the city)."
5. Cutaway of Gokcek holding a pen
6. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Melih Gokcek, Mayor of Ankara:
"We don't want to make any mistakes. We don't want anyone to be harmed inadvertently. According to our estimates, there's a large number of FETO (Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation, a name and acronym applied by Turkey to followers of US-based cleric Gulen) members who are employed within the ranks of the Ankara municipality. Those who we have determined (to be members of Gulen's organisation, or his followers) and who are harmful, we want to bring an end to their activities in the municipality."
7. Various exteriors of Gokcek's mayoral office with sign reading (Turkish) "Greater Metropolitan Municipality."
The mayor of Turkey's capital, Ankara, told The Associated Press on Friday about the actions he took to try and prevent a military coup as it unfolded late on July 15.
Mayor Melih Gokcek said all of the city's vehicles, including buses and bulldozers, were deployed to prevent tanks from taking up strategic positions.
Gokcek also weighed in on Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's earlier announcement to move several city-based army barracks used in the attempted coup to new locations, describing the decision as "logical."
He added that the greater Ankara municipality was in the process of removing employees thought to be affiliated with the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused, by Turkey, of orchestrating the violent 15 July coup attempt.
Gulen, a cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has denied any prior knowledge of the plot and says his movement espouses interfaith dialogue.
According to recent figures from Turkey's Interior Ministry, more than 18,000 people have been detained since the coup.
Of those, more than 3,500 have since been released, a senior government official said.