Ankara mayor calls US State Dept Rep Marie Harf a ‘stupid blonde’

Turkish police use tear gas to disperse people protesting about a park being levelled for a shopping mall last summer.

Ankara (AFP) – The maverick mayor of Ankara, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday launched an extraordinary diatribe over the Baltimore riots at a US State Department spokeswoman.

“Come on blonde, answer now!” Melih Gokcek wrote in English as well as Turkish on his Twitter account, sharing an image from the riots in Baltimore with a picture of US State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf.

“Where are you stupid blonde, who accused Turkish police of using disproportionate force?” he added in a caption.

Gokcek was referring to a report on a pro-government news website, which criticised Harf for being “now silent” in the face of the Baltimore riots despite repeated criticism of Turkey during the anti-government Gezi Park protests in 2013.

Harf refused to respond to the personal insults, saying: “I really don’t think I’m going to dignify them with a response”…

24Turkish police also make liberal use of water cannons.