Stage actor Barış Atay was taken into custody after reacting against the “apology” of Senior Counsellor of the Prime Ministry Yusuf Yerkel, who kicked a miner during a protest organized after the Soma mine disaster.
Atay was charged with ‘inciting people towards resentment and hostility’ due to his Twitter posts within the investigation conducted by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and was released after testifying at the Security. Following the apology message of Yerkel, Atay wrote on Twitter: “All of you will one day apologize, crying. When that day comes, we will not forget who forgave, who pitied, who refrained from judging! There is no ‘we are all brothers, we don’t want a fight, let’s retire with our grandchildren in peace.’ It all starts now. You will give account for all that you’ve done to this country and its people!”
Following the post, Hürriyet newspaper writer Ahmet Hakan targeted Atay by calling out to Presidential candidates Muharrem İnce and Meral Akşener with his article, entitled, “Please put him into his place.” Atay was targeted in the pro-government media as well.