Anti-Erdogan rap video 'I can't keep quiet' goes viral

Song against government repression

06 September, 18:20

    Supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) Istanbul Provincial Chairperson Canan Kaftancioglu gather for a rally to show their support for her in Istanbul, Turkey Supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) Istanbul Provincial Chairperson Canan Kaftancioglu gather for a rally to show their support for her in Istanbul, Turkey

    ISTANBUL - A rap video titled "Susamam", "I can't keep quiet", protesting the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gone viral in Turkey, having garnered more than three million views as of Friday, just one day after its release on YouTube.

    The 15-minute video showcases about 20 musicians sharing their points of view on the country in light of the events of recent years.

    The rap's title quickly became one of the most-shared hashtags on social media, sparking intense debates.

    It touches on topics such as the arrest of government opponents, including activists and journalists.

    The rap's lyrics include phrases such as: "Now I'll think twice before tweeting. I find myself scared of my country's police. If one night they send me to jail for no reason, you won't find a journalist to write about it because they're all in prison".

    On Friday Canan Kaftancioglu, the leader in Istanbul for opposition party CHP, was sentenced to nine years, eight months in jail for tweets she posted between 2012 and 2017, some of which were related to the Gezi Park protests.

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