A woman protestor uses mobile phone to report the latest news in Istanbul during a demonstration against the demolition of the park. (AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)
Turkish government combing Twitter in search of protest organizers to arrest
Published time: June 29, 2013 03:17
“Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has taken international criticism for the brutal police crackdown on protesters in the past month. The prime minister himself, when the rallies began, branded Twitter a ‘troublemaker‘ used to spread ‘lies.’
What began as a protest against the redevelopment of Istanbul’s historic Gezi Park morphed into a national movement calling for a pluralistic society instead of Erdogan’s ‘authoritarian‘ rule. The prime minister has also lost support for what critics say has been an attempt to impose Islamist values on a largely secular population.
He previously banned YouTube for two years beginning in 2008, citing the widespread presence of obscene material. “
“…the government seeks only to ‘turn down the volume of the social media,’ rather than blocking it altogether.”
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