Miss Turkey stripped of crown due to tweet on abortive coup

Miss Turkey stripped of crown due to tweet on abortive coup

Itrir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest which also gave her the right to represent Turkey at China's Miss World contest.

After discovering it was, they chose to strip the queen of her crown.

But organisers said that would not be possible after they discovered a tweet Esen sent around the first anniversary of the coup on July 15 past year.

"I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs' day. I'm marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs' blood", Esen is quoted as saying in her tweet remark on July 15. With the old tweet of the pageant victor coming to light, the teenager took to Instagram saying that she was not being political. She will now represent the country in the Miss World contest in China in November.

"The organization Miss Turkey, whose objective is to promote and nurture the image of Turkey in the world, can not accept such a publication", said the organizers in a press release published on their page Facebook.

Following the decision, runner-up Asli Sumen was crowned Miss Turkey.

Esen reportedly denied the account was hers.

In 2015, prosecutors launched an investigation against former Miss Turkey beauty queen Merve Buyuksarac on charges of insulting Erdogan through social media posts.

Opposition critics of the president have decried shrinking freedom of expression under Erdogan in Turkey, where thousands have been prosecuted for social media postings deemed to have insulted the Turkish leader.

She was given a 14-month sentence, suspended for five years, by an Istanbul court last year.

The roughly 250 victims of the attempted coup of State are the object of a national cult in Turkey, where their portraits are ubiquitous in the public space.

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