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Oranges target of Turkish anger in Netherlands row, and YouTubers go #RedOut for Red Nose Day

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Protestors from the youth wing of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) squeeze oranges in Izmit on 12 March amid a Turkish-Dutch row

Turkish protesters supportive of the ruling party target oranges – stabbing, squeezing, and drinking their juice – to express displeasure with Holland, and some YouTube stars go offline for 24 hours to raise awareness for Red Nose Day.

A “fruity” spat

Supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were snapped taking out their anger on some oranges on Sunday.

The oranges weren’t rotten or responsible for an infectious outbreak.

But their colour is linked to the Netherlands, and in light of the Turkish-Dutch spat, supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) decided to protest in an innovative way.

During the youth gathering in Izmit, Turkey’s northwest, some were seen brandishing kitchen knives and stabbing the oranges.

Others squeezed juice out of the oranges in protest.

One was pictured enjoying a drink of the juice.

Some of the flyers seen during the protest read “Fascist Holland” and “Stay there, Orange” in Turkish.


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Dutch riot police clashed with protesters in Rotterdam on the same day amid a diplomatic row that saw a Turkish minister escorted out of the country. He had been trying to win support among expatriates for a referendum to expand the Turkish president’s powers.

Turkey’s family minister was also taken back to the German border by Dutch police on arrival.

Some users responded to the images with humour. One said he wasn’t sure if it was a protest taking place or breakfast being served.

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An Istanbul-based Facebook user said: “Now I understand the statement about sanctions! The colour orange is finished in Turkey!!! Orange Is the New Black wont be shown on any Turkish channel. Oranges will become the new banned fruit. We will boycott all tangerines, carrots and pumpkins.”

On Monday, the Netherlands warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey.

While Mr Erdogan has accused the European country of “Nazism” after officials blocked Turkish pro-government rallies there, saying there would be a price to pay for harming ties between the two countries.


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#RedOut

Some of YouTube’s biggest stars are offline for 24 hours to raise awareness on injustices faced by the vulnerable young.

Vloggers, including Zoella, Pointlessblog, Jim Chapman, Tanya Burr, Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee, have all put up a six-second video reading RedOut as part of a campaign for charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, which will be held on 24 March.

Bloggers and vloggers partaking will go offline on all their social media platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, until 1800 GMT on 13 March.

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One user’s subscription dashboard on YouTube went #RedOut


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According to the RedOut section on the Red Nose Day website, “Right now, millions of young people in the UK and across Africa are being denied access to healthcare, education, employment or a safe place to sleep. Some will be trafficked, abused, exploited and forgotten.

“That’s why some of YouTube’s biggest names are going offline for a 24hr #RedOut – to raise awareness of the injustices that vulnerable young people face. If you believe young people deserve more, please help us raise the alarm by sharing this video.”

But not everyone was on board with the idea of going offline to support Comic Relief.

One Twitter user said that there are more effective ways to raise funds and awareness.

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Another called on YouTubers to “take advantage” of their platforms by talking about the issues at hand instead of going offline.

“#redout, why don’t yt’s make a video about the problem to raise awareness, instead of going offline and not even explaining what it’s about?” one user continued.

This year’s Red Nose Day will be broadcast live by the BBC on Friday, 24 March.

By the UGC and Social News team


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