CHP Istanbul chair Kaftancıoğlu’s Twitter account hacked by troll group

Duvar English

The Twitter account of Canan Kaftancıoğlu, the Istanbul chair of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), was hacked late on May 20 by a group that calls itself “Ebabil Movement.”

Those who wanted to access Kaftancıoğlu’s Twitter account came across a statement reading “This account has been temporarily suspended.”

Kaftancıoğlu’s adviser Samet Akten released a statement regarding the issue, saying the spam attack was undertaken by a troll group named Ebabil Movement which has approximately 18,000 active members. “Organized malignancy is not stopping,” Akten wrote on his Twitter account.

Following the spam attack, the Ebabil Movement’s account on Telegram shared a message reading: “Canan Kaftancıoğlu’s account has been suspended by Ebabil. Well done. Do not let them breath.”

Kaftancıoğlu been credited as the person behind the CHP’s municipal election victory in Istanbul last year. The CHP’s victory ended the 25 year-rule of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its predecessor Welfare (“Refah”) Party in the megacity.

In September of 2019, Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for old tweets that allegedly spread terrorist propaganda. The CHP has said the conviction is politically motivated and is a “revenge” for the AKP’s loss in Istanbul as the trial began shortly after Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu’s re-run win.

Kaftancıoğlu appealed the conviction and has not been imprisoned during this appeal process.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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