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Prosecutors seek prison term for former Miss Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish prosecutors are seeking a maximum one-year prison term for a former beauty queen who was stripped of her crown over a social media posting deemed to be ‘‘insulting’’ to the victims of last year’s failed coup, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

Prosecutors in Istanbul have charged 18-year-old Itir Esen with ‘‘overtly insulting a section of the public’’ for a remark she posted on Twitter as the country held memorials on the anniversary of the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Esen was stripped of her Miss Turkey 2017 title a day after the competition in September, when the tweet came to light. The model and university student denies any intent to insult.

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Turkish media reported that the tweet, which has since been erased, said: ‘‘I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs’ day. I’m marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs’ blood.’’

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The posting caused uproar on social media.

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