Opponents, and even some supporters, of the Turkish authorities have responded to the arrest of pop star Gulsen over a joke about non secular colleges with condemnation.
The singer was jailed on Thursday, pending trial. She was charged with inciting hatred after a quip she made on stage in April was broadcast by a conservative, pro-government media outlet.
The arrest triggered a swell of assist for the singer, with many saying she had been focused for her liberal views and support of the LGBTQ community.
One other Turkish pop star, Tarkan, additionally got here out in assist of the detained artist on Friday, saying in a tweet, “Our authorized system — which turns a blind eye to corruption, thieves, those that break the legislation and bloodbath nature, those that kill animals and those that use faith to polarize society by way of their bigoted concepts — has arrested Gulsen in a single whack.”
What was the joke that led to Gulsen’s arrest?
The incident goes again to a quip made by the 46-year-old singer throughout a live performance in Istanbul a few musician in her band who she mentioned had attended a spiritual college, joking that this was the supply of his “perversion.”
“He studied at an Imam Hatip [school] beforehand. That is the place his perversion comes from,” she could possibly be seen saying, light-heartedly, in a video posted on the Sabah newspaper’s web site.
The professional-government outlet added that she has beforehand drawn criticism for “actions she displayed on stage, extraordinarily low-cut attire and holding up an LGBT flag.”
The video attracted the ire of a number of ministers from the ruling conservative AK Social gathering, which has Islamist roots. Most of the get together’s members, together with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, studied at Imam Hatip colleges.
“Inciting one a part of society towards one other utilizing begrudging, hateful and discriminating language underneath the guise of being an artist is the largest disrespect to artwork,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag wrote on Twitter.
How have critics responded?
Authorities critics have mentioned that the arrest is a cynical ploy to shore up assist amongst conservative, non secular sections of the voters with polls due in ten months.
The chief of the principle opposition get together, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, referred to as for Gulsen’s launch.
Even some pro-government columnists criticized the transfer, with Mehmet Barlas writing in Sabah, “Are we going to jail pending trial anybody who speaks nonsense? Let society dole out her punishment.”
A number of outstanding figures essential of the Turkish authorities have additionally ended up in jail lately, together with philanthropist Osman Kavala and progressive, pro-Kurdish political chief Selahattin Demirtas.
ab/fb (AP, Reuters)