#AceWorldNews – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.
Just before midnight, access to Twitter was blocked, Hurriyet Daily reports.
“We now have a court order. We will wipe out Twitter,” the Islamist-leaning leader told a crowd of adulating supporters during a campaign rally in the north-western city of Bursa on Thursday, AFP reported.
#AceWorldNews An employee at the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) shot half a dozen people dead before turning the gun on himself at a regional office in the eastern province of Kars.
One other person escaped with slight injuries.
The Hurriyet Daily newspaper said the shooter, identified as Veysi Erim, had been involved in a professional dispute before the shooting.
Erim was reportedly receiving treatment for undisclosed psychological issues.
#AceWorldNews A group of Turkish activists hacked into the Twitter account of a top adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, posting messages of solidarity with a teenage boy who recently died as a result of injuries sustained during mass protests last summer.
The Twitter account of Mustafa Varank, one of Erdogan’s top political advisers, was hacked Wednesday, Hurriyet Daily reports.
Many messages posted on the hijacked account memorialized Berkin Elvana, a 15-year-old teenager who died Tuesday after being in a coma for 269 days. Berkin was struck in the head by a tear-gas canister during the now infamous Gezi park protests that gripped Istanbul in June. Berkin was not taking part in the protest, but was rather a passerby.
Varank’s Twitter cover was changed to Elvan’s portrait, and several posts accused Erdogan of being responsible for the boy’s death.
“We know who Elvan’s killer is,” read one of the messages, which also included a photograph of Erdoğan with the inscription: “I gave the instructions to the police.”
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Extract “To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7am this morning. Condolences to us all,” Berkin’s parents wrote.
Hashtag #BerkinElvanÖlümsüzdür (“Berkin Elvan is eternal”) trended globally on Twitter, as news of his death spread.
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#AceWorldNews says Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and many others, including journalists, academics, business leaders and NGO representatives, have been wire-tapped for years by the police as part of different probes, the Hurriyet daily reported.
The classified files on the wire-tapping’s were found in the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office by the new prosecutors who were assigned following mass purges in the judiciary, according to pro-government dailies, the Star and Yeni Safak.
Up to 3,064 people have been reportedly wire-tapped according to the first documents found by the newly appointed prosecutors, and sources say the real number is likely close to 7,000.