A 16-year-old boy has reportedly been arrested for insulting buffoonish Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan, an insult he no doubt richly deserved. The teenager, Mehmet Emin Altunses, is accused of criticizing the president during a student protest. He faces up to four years in prison.
Regular readers of Jezebel may remember President Erdogan as the Worst Wedding Guest in History, after he hijacked a couple's nuptials to deliver a screed on the evils of birth control. Or perhaps you remember his previous hit, "Women Are Only Fit to be Mothers." In addition to his prehistoric views on the ladies, he and his cabinet members are also hilariously corrupt, accused of an endless series of bribery, corruption and money-laundering scandals. One of the largest corruption probes ended earlier this year, when charges were dismissed against more than 60 government officials and businessmen linked to the administration. But there is still, let's say, widespread skepticism about Erdogan's credibility.
Evidently, though, mentioning that kind of thing in public will get you thrown in jail. According to the BBC, Altunses was arrested at school on December 24 after criticizing Erdogan and the ruling AK Party during a protest in the city of Konya. He called Erdogan the "thieving owner of the illegal palace," referring not just to the corruption scandal but also to the 1,100-room palace Erdogan finished building earlier this year, to the tune of $615 million.
The teenager was released from jail on the following day, but he's still headed to trial, although a date hasn't yet been set. The Turkish penal code makes it a crime to insult the president, and the country's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has defended the charges, saying, according to the BBC, that the presidency "needs to be shown respect." He's totally earned it!
Twitter users are responding to Altunses' arrest with #InsultErdogan, a fun game everyone can play:
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