A total of 573 people in total have been detained for their critical stance against Turkey’s Afrin operations so far, according to official data.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Feb 5 that 449 people were detained for “terror propaganda in their social media postings on Afrin operation” while the remaining 124 were caught up for attending demonstrations in protest of the offensive, since the beginning of the operation.

On Jan 22, Turkish troops entered Afrin area, which is controlled by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) extension PYD.

While most political parties in Turkey welcomed the offensive, police have detained, among others, many journalists for criticizing the operation since then.

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