At an election rally in Istanbul, euronews’ Bora Bayraktar reported that Turkey’s prime minister confirmed the shooting down of the plane, justifying it be saying it had violated the Turkish air space.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hard line was well received by AKP supporters. The premier who is campaigning for his party in local elections on March 30, is currently embroiled in an alleged corruption scandal which could serve to dent his party’s showing.
His blocking of Twitter, where tweets on the scandal have angered the leader may have drawn international condemnation,
but its been backed by some party faithful.
“I am happy that twitter is blocked. Nobody can humiliate the prime minister that our nation elected. Today our nation answered these allegations. One million people are here,” said one AKP supporter.
Another added: “We are behind our prime minister. Not only Twitter even Facebook and the internet as a whole should be blocked. We are behind him.”
The White House has described the ban as undermining democracy and free speech.
Although initially many Turks managed to get round it, the government has added fresh constraints.