The Turkish authorities have detained two women who they believe made derogatory hand gestures at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan in an anti-government protest Sunday.
Police described the charges as “insulting a statesman,” AFP reports. Erdogan was en route to an election rally in the western city of Izmir when he reacted strongly to a woman in the crowd apparently making “ugly” gestures at him. A second woman was accused of doing the same from a balcony. He said that he would have understood “if it was a man, but I do not understand how a woman could do it,” AFP reports.
Erdogan has been buffeted by on-going street protests since December.