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Trump says Democrats are plotting a ‘coup.’ These 8 real-life military takeovers show what coups are really like.

A coup is a takeover of power outside the norms of political processes. Here's what these actually look like.
Col. John Walker, 39th Air Base Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Thomas Bacon, 39th Medical Group commander, during the 39th MDG change of command ceremony Aug. 7, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

‘Living in a fantasy’: A close US ally is investigating everyone named John and trying to arrest US military leaders

The Turkish government claims to have new evidence that the US was involved in the 2016 failed coup attempt after claiming to uncover a Word document entitled "coup directive," which was authored by someone named John.

‘Officer coups are often unsuccessful and bloody’: Wall Street weighs in on a military coup taking out Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro secured another term as president over the weekend in what was widely seen as a fraudulent election. One research firm thinks he could be overthrown by the military before the end of 2018.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at The Great Hall of People on March 11, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Factional warring and failed ‘coups’ may be the reason Xi Jinping wants to rule China forever

Xi Jinping has been engaged in a "life and death" contest with a powerful faction in the Communist Party.
Prisoners were held in the hotel for months.

The richest man in the Middle East has been released from house arrest in Saudi Arabia — see the luxurious Ritz Carlton where he was held captiv...

Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal told Reuters that he wasn't charged with a crime, after being held for months in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.
Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017.

Zimbabwe crisis: Robert Mugabe is reportedly under house arrest after a military coup

There have been reports of a heavy military presence and explosions in Harere.

Venezuela’s military is on edge, and it could be the wildcard in the country’s deepening crisis

Venezuela's military could play "king-maker" in the country's deepening political crisis, but divisions within it seem to be emerging.

6 signs a country can survive a military coup

Thailand experienced a military coup two years ago and just voted for a military-backed constitution. Might the military coup actually benefit the country?