AKP youth leader threatens Erdoğan critic fashion designer

The chairman of a youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) threatened to kill a Turkish fashion designer known for his vocal stance against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left-wing news site Arti Gerçek reported.

An activist for Turkey’s LGBT community, 60-year-old Şansal was expelled from Turkish-run northern Cyprus in 2017 following a social media post denouncing violence and corruption in Turkey, then attacked by a mob on arrival in Turkey and arrested on charges of "inciting hatred among the public." The designer was released after two months and has since left Turkey for Belgium. 

The chairman of AKP’s Kandilli Kuleli Youth Branch of İstanbul, Fatih Yakupoğlu, insulted Şansal on Twitter before threatening to ‘’bathe himself’’ in the blood of the designer.


Yakupoğlu’s Twitter account has since been suspended.