ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

AKP Youth Leader Threatens Turkish Fashion Designer Critical of Erdoğan with Death

09/09/2018 | Stockholm Center for Freedom

The chairman of a youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to kill famous Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Şansal, who is known for his vocal stance against President Erdoğan, according to a report by online news outlet Artı Gerçek. An activist for Turkey’s LGBT community, 60-year-old Şansal was expelled from Turkish-run northern Cyprus in 2017 following a social media post denouncing violence and corruption in Turkey. He was attacked by a mob on arrival in Turkey and arrested on charges of “inciting hatred among the public.” Fatih Yakupoğlu, chairman of the AKP’s Kandilli-Kuleli youth branch in İstanbul, insulted Şansal on Twitter before threatening to “bathe himself” in the blood of the designer. Yakupoğlu’s Twitter account has since been suspended.

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