Turkey requests removal of anti-Erdogan image from Geneva exhibition

The Turkish consulate has asked the city of Geneva to remove a photo from an exhibition that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of a protester, a city spokesman confirmed Monday.

The exhibition is being staged by Geneva-based photographer Demir Sonmez at the Place des Nations, a prominent square in front of the seat of the United Nations.

One of Sonmez' large photographs shows a protest banner with the portrait of a teenager who died after the 2013 anti-government protests in Istanbul, during which he was hit by a tear gas canister.

"My name is Berkin Elvan. Police killed me on orders of the Turkish prime minister," the text on the banner reads.

Erdogan was premier at the time of the protests.

Geneva's city council will deliberate Turkey's request on Tuesday, the spokesman told Swiss news agency sda.

Turkey's attempt to have the photo taken down comes as the Turkish government is going after critics and political rivals at home and abroad, including German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who faces criminal proceedings in his home country after insulting Erdogan in a televised skit.

Last update: Mon, 25/04/2016 - 18:31
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