Claiming an ongoing graft investigation is being orchestrated by foreign circles to topple his government, Erdoğan told a crowd at a party rally in Bursa province on Thursday that there are court verdicts on closing down Twitter in the country and his government would “root out Twitter and all that.”
‘The international community would say this or that, I can not care less. Everybody shall see the power of Turkish Republic’ he added.
Twitter, mwitter hepsinin kökünü kazıyacağız. Uluslararası camia şöyle der, böyle der hiç umurumda değil. Herkes Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin gücünü görecek.
Earlier this month Erdoğan had hinted his government may shut down Facebook and YouTube, a move that is likely to spark public backlash given the mounting social unrest and uneasiness over the government’s growing encroachment on people’s lives and media.
Erdoğan had raised the issue when talking about the country’s new controversial Internet law, which has drawn wide criticism and condemnation from critics at home and the EU, during a live televised interview jointly aired on A Haber and ATV earlier this month, saying the government would consider shutting down popular video sharing website YouTube and social media network Facebook.
This comes as the government introduced a number of legislations curbing Internet freedom, press freedom and subordinating the judiciary to the government through restructuring the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the top legal body that regulates judicial affairs, including launching disciplinary inquiries into top judges, and appoints prosecutors and judges.