Turkish police drag 13-year-old out of class over Facebook post insulting president

The boy, described by various media as being in either seventh or eighth grade, told police that he did, indeed, write

Not crazy. Noooooo.

Not crazy. Noooooo.

the Facebook post, though Turkish media have not identified what the boy said online. Since he is a minor, newspapers are identifying him only by his initials, U.R.E.

Today’s Zaman reports that the boy and his father were taken to the regional prosecutor’s office and later released, though authorities are demanding a psychiatric evaluation for the child. The court handling the case has stated that it is waiting for the results of U.R.E.’s psychiatric evaluation before deciding whether to pursue criminal charges on Erdogan’s behalf against the teen.

…Turkey’s Constitution prohibits “insults” against the president, and the nation maintains strict laws limiting speech. Turkey’s speech laws are so constricting that Erdogan himself was found guilty of breaking them this week, after calling a statue dedicated to the Armenian genocide (a contentious issue in Turkey) a “monstrosity.” Erdogan has been fined $4,000 for his comment.

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  • Justin St.Denis

    Just Turks being Turkish, I’m afraid. Been there. Gentlemen, should you happen to drop your bar-soap at the baths, leave it there, rinse off, leave and finish the job back at your hotel. Turks being Turks can be alarming to the rest of us.

    • I’ve never seen Midnight Express. Is it good?

      • Justin St.Denis

        I saw it years ago and remember liking it. I do not know if time has been kind to it. I would have to review it before commenting. However, the soundtrack is wonderful. I got it back in the vinyl LP days, and bought it again on CD. It’s very, very good and stands the test of time very well.

  • han

    Turkey is a gobble, gobble nation if fuck wits.

  • J. C.

    Sounds like Turkey could use some nuclear roasting…

  • I guess passing laws is one way of keeping everybody in line.

    • Frau Katze

      All tyrants are alike. Just sayin’.

    • Laws are overrated. There are other ways of keeping people in line.

      • Justin St.Denis

        In the crosshairs, as they say.

  • WalterBannon

    Turkey will be a much better country once all the Turks are removed.

  • mobuyus

    How fat was the boy erdogan had dragged out of class?

  • Ataturk delenda est. Apparently.

    (BTW, whenever some little tick whines about the “occupation”, say “damn skippy! Constantinople! End The Occupation! Yah, baby!”)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsQrKZcYtqg

  • Hard Little Machine

    And this is materially different from School Resource Officers (the police) dragging out of class and cuffing children in the US for talking about toy guns, how again?

    • Blacksmith

      Not even a little bit different, thus the extreme need for revolution.

  • Minicapt

    U.R.E. > Useless Recip Erdogan?

    Cheers

  • Blacksmith

    Psychiatric eval for disagreeing with the president, I bet oblowme has his crew working overtime on this one.