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Picture Of The Week: Laughing In Defiance

Picture Of The Week: Laughing In Defiance

Wednesday, July 30 was clearly a day for collective laughter and smiles on Twitter in Turkey as hundreds of women posted pictures—mostly selfies taken with their phones—of themselves laughing.

It wasn't just grinning for the sake of a ritual. This was a laughing in the face of the deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, who in a speech a couple of days before on Eid  had said that women should not laugh in public.

Arinç told a crowd celebrating the end of Ramadan in the city of Bursa in an address that decried "moral corruption" in Turkey:

"Chastity is so important. It's not just a word, it's an ornament. A woman should be chaste. She should know the difference between public and private. She should not laugh in public."

So any surprise that what trended on twitter were hashtags #direnkahkaha (resist laughter) and #direnkadin (resist woman)?

[Screen shot from Twitter]

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