This is not sarcasm!
At least that’s what Turkish opposition leader Aylin Nazliaka tweeted this week. A businesswoman and politician working for the Repubican People’s Party in Turkey, Nazliaka presented flowers to the country’s Interior Minister Muammer Guler who is also known as Neckless Guler.
Nazliaka joined the Turkey protests in the most unique way one can think of. She used a tear gas canister as a vase and then gave it to the minister, as a reminder of the atrocities going on in the country. She said that it ‘was intended to encourage Guler to stop police violence.’
Various news reports, videos and raw cell phone footage of police brutality in Turkey have revealed the frequent use of tear gas on the protesters who are apparently fighting for their basic rights in the country which was once though to be a democratic country.
Senior Turkey researcher with Human Rights Watch, Emma Sinclair Webb said in a report:
“The Turkish authorities should urgently review policing policies and hold to account police chiefs whose units attacked peaceful protesters. The government should also examine police use of tear gas, which poses a significant health risk and can be lethal.”
We hope Muammer Guler gets Aylin Nazliaka’s message and does something about it. After all, the country’s future is at stake.
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