Boycott Turkey: 449 Twitter and Facebook users Arrested for opposing Afrin Slaughter

Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans as one of them carry a placard with a picture of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul May 15, 2011. Thousands of people marched in central Istanbul to protest against the government’s plan to filter the internet. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) TEMPLATE OUT – RTR2MG6M
Turkish anti riot police officers block People’ Democracy Party’s (HDP) headquarter as HDP members call a protest against Turkey’s “Olive Branch” operation in Syria on January 21, 2018 in Diyarbakir. Turkey on January 20 launched operation “Olive Branch”
 (ANTIWAR.COM) — As Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria continues, so too does their policy of arresting anyone seen as even sort of opposed to the attack. The Turkish Interior Ministry now says 449 people have been detained for criticizing the war on social media, and 124 more detained for taking part in actual protests.

Independent media is under attack — and we need your help to save it!Turkey’s Erdogan government doesn’t have a lot of patience for dissent, or for Kurds. Unsurprisingly, dissent about a war against Kurds is being cracked down on intensely. Erdogan’s spokesman warned that statements criticizing the war amount to statements “glorifying terrorism,” and that the government is just enforcing the law as written.

With Turkey’s largely state-run media praising the war, public support for it is still relatively strong. Opposition is mostly in the ethnic Kurdish region, which Turkey is more than willing to crack down on at any rate, and political opponents.

When other NGOs issue statements against the war, as did a medical union in the country, President Erdogan has condemned them as traitors, and arrested 11 of their senior members for a statement calling for “peace immediately.”With the war continuing and casualties rising, war exhaustion is inevitable. For now,however, expressing opposition to the conflict is a very dangerous crime indeed in Turkey.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

 

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