A total of 786 people in total have been detained for their critical stance against Turkey’s Afrin operation so far, according to official data.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Feb 19 that a total of 85 demonstrations have been held in protest of the Afrin offensive since the beginning of the operation. A total of 786 people were detained for either attending such protests or “making propaganda against the offensive on social media,” according to the ministry.
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.