Mayor of Turkish capital Ankara, Melih Gokcek
Mayor of Turkish capital Ankara, Melih Gokcek, has launched a Twitter campaign against American news broadcaster CNN for its coverage
of the recent anti-government protests.
The mayor\'s hashtag, \"#stoplyingCNN\", topped the world trending topics list on the social media platform. Gokcek thanked those who participated in disseminating his message.
On Monday, the mayor had urged \"all Turks and Muslims in the world, as well as all conscientious human beings irrespective of their faith\", to take part in the campaign.
As the hashtag continued to rise in popularity, Gokcek shared videos which showed protesters attacking the police, public coaches, bus stations, stores and businesses, and the burning of a Turkish flag during the demonstrations.
He reminded his followers of CNN\'s eight-and-a-half hour uninterrupted live coverage of the events, a first in Turkey for the news outlet.
\"God willing, we will teach someone a lesson so poignantly that they will regret having invented Twitter,\" Gokcek posted during the course of the campaign.