CHP Leader: “Erdoğan Fears 140 Characters”

MENEMEN021120122504Turkey’s The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has slammed Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan over the government’s blocking of Twitter during his election rally in the Aegean city İzmir on March 22.

Thousands of CHP supporters who packed Gündoğdu Square in this CHP stronghold welcomed Kılıçdaroğlu, chanting “Prime Minister Kemal.” In response, Kılıçdaroğlu said “Inshallah [God willing] it will happen. The first step will be March 30,” referring to the upcoming local elections.

“They have banned Twitter. Twitter is mostly used by young people. You have created a prime minister who fears 140 characters,” Kılıçdaroğlu said. He continued: “I’m giving him [Erdoğan] a title: He’s not an ordinary thief; he is the Thief-in-Chief. And now all the world knows his new title. Have you ever seen another politician who called Twitter ‘a trouble’ and promised to close down Facebook and Twitter?”

Although Erdoğan “brings shame” on Turkey, Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed, “The ban don’t cut no ice with the youth.”

The number of active Twitter users, as well as tweets, had soared in Turkey since the government blocked access.