Turkish nationalist tabloid attacks gays as 'dirty' 'deviants'

Published: January 10, 2013

Yeni Akit, a pro government paper known for its nationalist and homophobic views branded gays and students as being ‘dirty’ ‘deviants’.

The paper published the article after students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) protested against a visit by the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

As Erdo?an attended METU for a launch of a Turkish satellite called Göktürk-2, hundreds of students protested against his conservative and militarist policies.

The incident got extensive media coverage as a 3,000 strong police force attacked the students with tear gas, with many students from universities across Turkey joining in solidarity demonstrations.

Yeni Akit (The New Covenant) is well known for its ties to the Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) that control the Turkish government.

The article insinuates that METU students are in constant fight with ‘generally accepted norms of society’, making dance performances with ‘dirty figures’ and ‘deviants’ from the LGBT rights organization Kaos GL.

In a sense it portrays the students as being irresponsible and morally corrupt by associating them with gays and LGBT rights organizations branded as ‘deviants’.

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