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Ankara mayor in sexist diatribe against US official

Ankara's Mayor Melih Gokcek, seen here on March 13, 2014, fired off an extraordinary anti-US diatribe on Twitter over the Baltimore riotingThe maverick mayor of Ankara, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday launched an extraordinary diatribe over the Baltimore riots at a US State Department spokeswoman. “Come on blonde, answer now!” Melih Gokcek wrote in English as well as Turkish on his Twitter account, sharing an image from the riots in Baltimore with a picture of US State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf. Gokcek was referring to a report on a pro-government news website, which criticised Harf for being “now silent” in the face of the Baltimore riots despite repeated criticism of Turkey during the anti-government Gezi Park protests in 2013.

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