Turkey arrests law student who made video against Erdogan reform bid

Law student Ali Gul imprisoned on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A law student who made a video titled “What is no?” against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid for constitutional reform has been jailed after appearing in court on Tuesday.

The satirical video, made by Ali Gul, went viral attracting millions of views on social media. In the three and half minute video published on Youtube, Gul accuses Turkish officials of branding everyone against the reform “terrorists.”

The video ends with the man acknowledging that he may be arrested if the video goes viral.

Gul was taken to court by lawyers representing Erdogan on charges that he had insulted the president on a separate Twitter account.

He rejected the charges saying the account did not belong to him and that he had been targeted because of the video.

Critics have accused the government of preventing opposition campaigns against the 18 article constitutional reform, which proposes enhanced presidential powers.

Tens of thousands of people have been taken into custody over social media posts since last July’s coup attempt with at least 1,700 currently in prison.