FEMEN does a number on Turkey’s Twitter ban; eight killed in local polls

Activist group Femen has reacted to Turkey’s decision to block access to Twitter, as one of its members bared her breasts to show Turkish Internet users a way to circumvent the ban.

In the photo shared online by Femen’s branch in Spain last night, two numbers belonged to Google DNS, as well as the hashtag #DirenTwitter (Resist Twitter), are seen on the activist’s chest.

Only hours after the photo went viral on Turkish social media, Ankara blocked access to Google DNS, too.

FEMEN is a Ukrainian protest group founded in 2008. The organization became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills.

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They did not appear in Turkey itself. Good choice.

Related: Turkey is holding municipal elections across the country today. Polls have closed, but no results are in according to Hurriyet:

At least eight people were killed March 30 in clashes between groups backing rival candidates in Turkey’s municipal elections.

Security officials said six people were killed in a gun fight between two families in the village of Yuvacık in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Hilvan district, which borders Syria. In the Siverek district of the same province, another brawl happened after one family insisted on violating the rule of anonymous voting, leading to several injuries. Such clashes have occurred in previous local elections.

In the southern province of Hatay, which also borders Syria, two people died in a shootout between the relatives of two candidates in the Gölbaşı village of Kırıkhan, officials said. The two candidates have no party affiliation.

Elsewhere, the elections proceeded peacefully. In the eastern province of Siirt, Mehmet Esen – whose ID card showed him to be 130 years old – said, “I am voting for the peace and the brotherhood of the Turkish and Kurdish people,” as he went in to vote, the semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

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