As Turkish people perish under the rubble and rescue hopes dwindle Erdogan try’s to control the narrative and target disinformation

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places

Important Takeaways:

  • As the temperatures plunged, anger started to rise in Turkey over the government’s response to two massive earthquakes this week.
  • On Thursday, the number of those killed by the tremors in Turkey and neighboring Syria passed 20,000.
  • With their homes destroyed, thousands spent a freezing Wednesday night amid the debris in the streets of Adiyaman, huddled around small fires and with little shelter. Electricity and water were nonexistent in the southern city.
  • Fearful of another earthquake, some chose to stay out in the open, avoiding buildings that appeared intact, and to brave the subzero temperatures.
  • Osman Yıldırım, a civil engineer, said “The government didn’t take necessary steps to minimize risks through urban planning, low-rise buildings, construction codes and strict control,” he said, adding that as a result “new buildings and old buildings collapsed.”
  • Opposition leaders and some social media users also blasted his government’s decision to block access to Twitter for about 12 hours, from Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday, as people scrambled to find loved ones and share information on arriving aid and the location of those still trapped in rubble.
  • Turkish authorities said they were targeting disinformation and, on Thursday, Erdogan, hit back at critics saying “dishonorable people” were spreading “lies and slander” about the government’s actions.

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