Twitter ban lifted in Turkey

Twitter ban lifted in Turkey


Turkish court ruled that Erdogan’s decision for its ban was illegal

Tensions during the electoral campaign resulting in people getting injured. A ten-year-old boy was injured in the head by a police teargas canister.

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

The decision from Ankara’s Administrative court, which ruled for the suspension of the decision, which banned Twitter in Turkey, was a slap on the head for Erdogan. The court judged that the ban was “opposed to the rule of law”.  So far Erdogan has not reacted to the decision nor has he spoken of “the finger of the parastate”, as he had done in other decisions by judges and prosecutors.

The ban was imposed by the Telecommunications Committee of Turkey (TIB) and was implemented on the evening of March 20 after Erdogan ‘s statements that “we do not care what the international community will say; if necessary we will block twitter”.

Erdogan directly attacked the President Abdullah Gul, for violating the ban on twitter and twitting messages against the decision. “The president can upload messages to twitter. These are things I do not like . I have many things to do. I do not have time to deal such things”, he said.

Twitter on its part has announced that, through the law firm, it is bringing the case of the ban in the turkish courts and stresses that “we have not given any information to the Turkish state on the identities of our users”.

The candidate for mayor of the main opposition party (CHP), Mansur Yavaş, in a statement argued that next Sunday, the day of the municipal elections, 100 armed provocateurs will try to cause episodes and disorder in the Turkish capital. He argued that the aim of the provocation will be to cause conflict between the CHP and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) in order for the Justice and Development Party to win votes.

On Tuesday evening, five members of the CHP among which the mayor candidate in region Shinji were attacked by strangers with knives and bats and were seriously wounded.

In Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured in the head by a police tear gas canister. His situation is considered critical. The police had intervened against some supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

Full page publications in newspapers from businessmen: “Our premier, stay standing. Take care of your health”.

In the election campaign , Turkish companies, groups that have benefited from the government, publish full page ads in the most expensive pages of Turkish newspapers (On the last page, which costs from 15,000 to 35,000 euros) begging Erdogan to stay in power!

Unprecedented traditions in politics, such as the gas company’s Kalegaz full-page publication in Hürriyet: “Premier, the people have a greater need of you than your family. Take care of your health for your people. Do not yield to anyone except the people. Our Premier stay standing, the people are with you”! No comments.

The beneficiaries of the elections seem to be the flags and posters industries, since in some of Istanbul districts one may face difficulty seeing the sky, as tens of thousands of flags of the AKP and the CHP are hanging.