Turks buying discounted yellow vests are terrorists, says pro-govt journalist

Turkish firms have started discounts on yellow vests which has become the symbol of recent protests in France, and Turkish people buying them are terrorist, said a journalist known to be in the close political circle of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday.

Journalist Fatih Tezcan said he had talked to a firm which had reportedly made a 79 percent discount on yellow vests on his Twitter account. The firm, Tezcan cited, denied the discount and blamed a popular online shop.

“It does not matter,” said Tezcan. “Whoever bought a yellow vest in Turkey after Nov. 17, 2018, is a terror suspect.”

Tezcan later said that members of a left-wing terrorist organisation had bought thousands of yellow vests over the past week as a response to other Twitter users reminding him that construction workers use those vest during work.

Tezcan later said that members of a left-wing terrorist organisation had bought thousands of yellow vests over the past week as a response to other Twitter users reminding him that construction workers use those vest during work.

The "Gilet Jaunes," or "Yellow Vests," movement, named after the sleeveless jackets worn by French truck drivers, began the protests as a backlash against French President Emmanuel Macron’s fuel tax hikes. The rebellion erupted on Nov. 17 and has spread quickly via social media, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and fuel depots.