Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Manisa deputy, Tamer Akkal, publicly insulted former-Peoples’ Democratic Party co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and his family on his social media account. He made jokes about the fact that Demirtaş was not allowed to meet with his children in prison. He called Demirtaş a ‘son of a bitch’. However, after the public outcry over his tweet, he retracted the statement. He denied that he wrote the tweet and instead blamed his advisers for it.