A faux or 'fake' coup is one staged by the incumbent government with the objective of discrediting the legitimate opposition. It has all the packaging of a real coup and may even be violent, but basically it is a frame-up. Bombs may be heard going off at night and troops may drive through the main square at dawn, but the faux coup will only last as long as it takes to arrest the opposition politicians and their supporters and the plant 'evidence' of a conspiracy in their homes and offices.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea is a master of the black art of the faux coup and has used it in a number of pre-emptive strikes against anyone threatening his considerable power-base.
David Hebditch and Ken Connor HOW TO STAGE A MILITARY COUP (P. 36)
What causes historical events? Power. What is power? Power is the collective will of the masses vested in one person. On what condition is the will of the people delegated to one person? On condition that the person expresses the will of the whole people. That is, power is power. That is, power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand.