29 July 2015

Shut up as a woman, Deputy PM Arinç tells female HDP deputy

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç has told a female deputy from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who was responding to him during a speech in Parliament, to “shut up as a woman” in remarks that drew protest from women.

“Lady, shut up,” Arinç told the HDP's Nursel Aydogan, who responded to the deputy prime minister as he was delivering a speech on Wednesday during an extraordinary session held to discuss a proposal to discuss recent terror incidents. After Aydogan continued to respond, Arinç told her to “shut up as a woman.”

HDP Co-chairperson Pervin Buldan called on Arinç to apologize to Aydogan as well as to all the other female deputies.

“It's the expression of his subconscious. Arinç told a deputy to ‘shut up as a woman'. She could have spoken if she had been a man,” Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Aylin Nazliaka said on Twitter. [Today's Zaman] Read more