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Turkey's women post photos of them laughing to protest deputy PM's 'no laughing' comments

Published on Jul 30, 2014 6:38 PM
 
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc speaks to the press ahead of the presidential elections in Ankara on July 24, 2014. Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to protest against comments by Mr Arinc who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values". -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter on Wednesday to protest against comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values".

Ms Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP, said on Twitter that Mr Arinc's comments portrayed laughing as a dishonourable act and left women exposed to violence.

Opponents accuse Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government of ruling in an increasingly authoritarian manner and meddling in people's private lives, which has long been a source of conflict between the country's secularists and Mr Erdogan's conservative supporters.

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