Turkey: 573 arrested for protesting against war in Syria

Turkey: 573 arrested for protesting against war in Syria

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The Turkish government has banned any public protest against the military operation “Rama de Olivo”.

Turkish authorities have arrested 573 people in the last two weeks for protesting, on social networks on the Internet and on the streets of the country, against Turkish military intervention in the Afrin enclave in north-western Syria, he confirmed on Monday ( 05.02.2018) the Ministry of the Interior in Ankara.

In a statement, the Turkish ministry states that 449 people were “arrested for making terrorist propaganda” on social networks, while 124 were arrested in street protests.

Among those arrested for making “terrorist propaganda” there are eleven members of the Turkish Chamber of Physicians (TTB) who had said in a statement that “war is a public health problem”.

A group of activists and members of NGOs were also detained three days ago for expressing their support for arrested TTB members on social media.

Prohibited public protests against the operation

As reported last Saturday by the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD), detainees can spend up to 15 days before the judge decides his release or remanded in custody.

The Turkish government has banned any public protest against the military operation “Rama de Olivo”, which began on January 20 against Syrian-Kurdish militias in the border area that it considers “terrorists”.

According to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, thousands of people protested last weekend against the Turkish military operation in the region.

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