Emma Watson Joins Twitter Protest Against Turkish Politician

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The recently named UN women goodwill ambassador follows Turkish women who have posted pictures of themselves laughing after the country's deputy prime minister said women should not laugh in public.

LONDON – ‎Emma Watson has tweeted a picture of herself laughing in a sign of solidarity with Turkish women.

Thousands in the country have protested on social media by posting similar pictures after the country's deputy prime minister earlier this week said women shouldn't laugh in public.

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Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc had given a speech to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, a celebration at the end of Ramadan.

"A woman should be chaste," The Guardian quoted him as saying. "She should know the difference between public and private. She should not laugh in public."

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The comment has caused defiance on Twitter. Thousands of Turkish women in response have posted photos of themselves laughing, with the hashtags ‎#direnkahkaha ("resist laughter") and #direnkadin ("resist woman") trending on the social media platform. Men have also expressed their support.

Watson, best known as one of the stars of the Harry Potter franchise, late on Thursday tweeted a photo of herself in stitches outside what appears to be a restaurant. She was recently named a goodwill ambassador for UN Women.

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The picture came with the hashtags: "#laugh #direnkahkaha @UN_Women"

Watson has nearly 14 million Twitter followers. Her photo had drawn thousands of retweets as of Friday.

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