Turks triggered by image of Greek God Kratos in Istanbul metro

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The last game in the popular God of War series, Ragnarök, has been available for a few days now on PlayStation, in which the Ancient Greek God Kratos once again stars. As expected, with the game's release there was a major worldwide advertising campaign that also featured Kratos.

The image of the "Greek God", however, seems to have angered some in Turkey, and specifically in Istanbul, who were disturbed when they saw the Metro carriages advertising God of War.

The biggest fuss was made by the president of the Confederation of the National Survival Movement, Murat Şahin, who targeted the mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu.

"There are claims that Ekrem İmamoğlu has photos of the so-called Greek god Kratos in the subway! My God save Istanbul," Şahin wrote accompanying his post with photos from the Istanbul Metro.

This criticism, however, was not accepted by several Twitter users who accused Şahin of taking the opportunity to complain of his instrumentalisation of religion and attacking İmamoğlu's well documented Greek roots.

"Look before you start whining. God of War is a game for PlayStation and PC. It's just an ad because it's a very successful game," another user wrote

Some reminded him that something similar had happened in 2009 when the third game of the series had been released and there had been no reactions then.

Others pointed out to Şahin that there had been advertisements for a Japanese video game in Berlin and mockingly wondered: "Have the Japanese taken over Europe?"

Some wondered whether in Şahin's case there should be an application of the new law on fake news that was passed in Turkey.

After the uproar that was caused, he tried to justify himself for the criticism he made by writing that "your mind is not enough to understand what I wanted to say. I wanted young people to understand that İmamoğlu is a lover of Greece."

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