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You Hurt My Feelings: Kid Arrested for ‘Insulting’ Erdogan on Facebook

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Turkish authorities arrested a teenager for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook, Turkey’s Dogan News Agency reported.

The 17-year-old boy wasn't particularly happy about his president's policies and did what most people, especially at his age, do and shared his political thoughts on his Facebook account.

After he expressed his opinion on social media, Turkish authorities knocked on his door and the next thing he knew, he was sitting in a closed prison cell in Terikdag, the source said.

The boy is identified only by his initials F. E. and was arrested on charges of "insulting Erdogan," according to Dogan News Agency. Quite a tough measure for a kid in a so-called democracy with free speech, isn't it?

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Since Erdogan's election as president, his lawyers have been busy filing dozens of "insult" cases against the head of the state. Recently, Turkish police arrested a 14-year-old boy in the province of Kayseri for allegedly "insulting" Erdogan. However, a court later released him when they found out the boy was only 14, Dogan News Agency said.

Calling people names isn't a good thing per se, but arresting kids for doing that might be even worse, especially in a country which claims to have democratic values and freedom of speech. 

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