Turkey blocks YouTube ahead of weekend elections

|By:, SA News Editor

Days after shutting down access to Twitter, the government of Prime Minister Erdogan blocked YouTube and restricted local media ahead of critical local elections. The move came after a leaked recording hit the site apparently showing Turkey's foreign minister, spy chief, and a top general discussing ways to create a pretext for the country to attack Syria.

Speaking at an election rally, Erdogan called the leak "villainous, cowardly, an dishonest." Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called it "a declaration of war."

Turkish stocks brush off the clampdown, not to mention even higher tensions with Syria, climbing 2.2%. TUR +2.8% premarket