Edited photos belie police response to Republic Day rally
Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin.
Thousands of Twitter and Facebook users have shared photos apparently edited to belie the police response to protesters trying to hold an unsanctioned march in the capital city of Ankara on the Republic Day.
One photo showed a riot police officer armed with a truncheon chasing a young child holding a Turkish flag, allegedly taken during the rally in Ulus Square in Ankara.
Users shared the photo and insulted the government and police over what they alleged was a brutal clampdown on protesters.
Shortly after the photo went viral on the Internet, it was revealed that the image was a combination of two different photos shot outside of Turkey. In the first photograph, a riot police officer is chasing an adult protester.
In the second photograph, a man wheeling a toy bull is chasing a child.
The two photographs were merged to give the impression that police used excessive force in quelling the protests in Ankara.
In another photo, which the Hürriyet daily published, Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, aboard a helicopter, is allegedly inspecting an area where riot police officers are using water cannons on demonstrators. A photo state-run Anatolia news agency published from the clashes in Ulus Square was compressed to fit into the window of the helicopter out of which Şahin is looking.