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Public figures, celebrities tweet about Twitter ban.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Many community figures and celebrities have criticized the recent ban on Twitter, voicing their comments on directly on the site that is still being used extensively by Turkish users, despite the government's decision to ban access to it.

Turkey's public figures, like the average user, were quick to figure out ways to circumvent the block on access to the site. Here are some of the early comments on the Twitter ban made by some public figures:

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy Sinan Oy-an tweeted: "Where are the bald ibises that once said 'Not enough but yes' now? Is it enough yet or do you need more still?" in a criticism of those who supported the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's 2010 referendum on a constitutional amendment package. The slogan used in support of the changes at the time was "Not enough, but yes."

Sports commentator and newscaster Kn Kural tweeted, "They haven't been able to shut it down entirely, but they are close. No stopping, continue with the censorship," a satirical reference to the AK Party's previous election slogan, "No stopping, continuing on our path."

HE-rriyet columnist Melis Alphan said in a tweet: "We have taken a leap to the bottom of the bottom. We will either sink or go up."

Financial columnist Uy-ur GE-rses tweeted, "We are finally in the Shanghai five," an aspiration long expressed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an, to the dismay of the pro-EU and pro-democracy segments of society.

Stock exchange investor Nasrullah Ayan said, "There are free trials of VPN apps [to get around the block]. Anyway, these [the government] will be gone in a month's time :)"

Fashion designer Cemil ypekci, known for his past support of the AK Party, tweeted, "May God block those who block [Twitter] from this world on this holy Thursday night that is Nevruz eve."

Columnist Emre Uslu asked: "Does Reza Zarrab have a Twitter account. We should ask him to send a few boxes so they will open Twitter back up..:((" Zarrab is the businessman who, according to some of the allegations raised by prosecutors, allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of dollars in boxes to Cabinet members.

Journalist Nurcan Akad tweeted: "I wonder what he was so badly afraid of. One wonders what was coming."

Political science professor yhsan Yylmaz tweeted: "The people are now fully convinced. You are thieves."

Singer and actor Melike Demiray- tweeted: "It is a shameful situation. You can't ban social media."

ysmail H. Polat, a lecturer at Kadir Has University's media department and a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek TE-rkiye said: "So now Twitter is banned? I will give up my teaching job if Turkey doesn't find every possible way to access Twitter by the morning :)"

Writer Doy-u YE-cel tweeted: "We've read so many dystopian novels. Never seen anything like this."

Rock singer Hayko Cepkin wrote, "We will root you out while you root out Twitter," addressing Prime Minister Erdoy-an, who vowed to "root out" Twitter.

"One day you'll all wish that you'd been deported if Twitter is banned," tweeted Mahir Zeynalov, the Today's Zaman journalist who was deported from Turkey for posting tweets critical of the government.

Former AK Party deputy ydris Bal tweeted: "Access to Twitter is blocked. Welcome to North Korea."

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Mar 21, 2014
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