Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc poses ahead of the presidential elections in Ankara on July 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter Wednesday to protest comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values". Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP, said on Twitter that Arinc's comments portrayed laughing as a dishonorable act and left women exposed to violence.Arinc criticized the media Wednesday for taking his comments out of context and focusing on a small part of his speech, in which he said he advised both men and women to adopt "ethical behaviors". Arinc waded into a new controversy Wednesday by attacking women who he said could not resist pole dancing.
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