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Ankara Major Melih Gökçek declared in an interview aired on television that he has taken legal action against 600 of his Twitter followers who had insulted him, reported daily Hürriyet on Nov. 9.  

"It's me who tweets, not someone else in my place and I sue those who insult me. There are about 600 people now that I’ve sued. In the beginning we weren't able to catch them with the speed of social media, but now we can. We caught approximately 80 percent of those who have insulted me. When you give their names and accounts to police, they find themselves in front of prosecutors. But if they apologize publicly, then I say they're young and forgive them," said Gökçek.

Gökçek has a total of 367,995 followers on Twitter. He says he hasn’t been able to spend a lot of time on Twitter lately because of his intense election campaign agenda for upcoming local elections.

Local elections will take place in March 2014 according to the government’s latest decision.

The date of municipal elections recently stirred debate between political parties.

November/09/2012

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Nikos T.

11/11/2012 9:59:21 PM

His mustache insults my aesthetics. I will definitely sue him.

Blue Dotterel

11/9/2012 7:55:17 PM

Gokcek is so corrupt that even the AKP has tried to get rid of him. Amazingly, he still gets voted in in Ankara despite the unfinished white elephants he has left dotting the landscape. Topbas, and even Erdogan are and were competent mayors, but this guy is a disaster. But he still gets voted in.

Brit in Turkey

11/9/2012 6:38:15 PM

I hope for the sake of the freedom of posters here that HDN is on your side! 8-)

JRC JRC

11/9/2012 6:36:04 PM

I thought I'd clicked through to a spoof news website when I read this. Don't these people realise how ridiculous they look to the outside world, and therefore make Turkey look? What's next, suing the wind for ruffling their hair?

Tekion Particle

11/9/2012 5:38:52 PM

Unbelievable, you excuse for a mayor. Wasting tax payers money pursuing 600 people who insulted him. What was the insult? Did they call him an attention seeking winger?

nyob nyobb

11/9/2012 5:32:12 PM

What an enlightened and generous mind!

mehmet kaya

11/9/2012 4:23:34 PM

I thik he wants to be major again,when it is he will be 5 term major capital of Turkey,he will go in guness records book.what a big chance for Ankara.that has a Melih Gökçek!!!1.Ankara is very very misfortune isn't it

mara mcglothin

11/9/2012 3:45:24 PM

Thisi is a perfect example of why the law must be changed. Insult is not pleasant, BUT it is not a crime. The penal code must be changed and 216 and 301 must be striped from the law! Why worry about "deifing" Turkishness when you have backward statues such as these all around. Really stupid.

T.C

11/9/2012 3:06:38 PM

What a cry baby!

Johanna Dew

11/9/2012 2:48:07 PM

I feel an intense and overwhelming pity for this guy. The police will soon be too busy for their job as they have to take care of all the insults the AKP officials face each and every day.
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