A detention warrant was issued for Turkish movie director Mustafa Altioklar who blasted out commemorations for the anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup, saying that the coup was actually a hoax.
“What a big stupidity to celebrate first anniversary of the fake coup… How the mighty have fallen on the oppressed people of my country? You have turned them into monkeys…You lynched poor kids just to make this maniac the Sultan,” Altioklar tweeted on July 15, the day when Turkey marked the first anniversary of the last year’s takeover attempt against the government.
Believed to be in Germany, Altioklar later said the warrant has not surprised him at all as, he added, the rule of law was already suspended in Turkey.
Yeliz Koray, managing editor of the Kocaeli Koz newspaper, was also briefly detained on Saturday night for a critical article about the government turning a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 into a “saga.”
Turkey has detained more than 120,000 people in post-coup operations with some arguing that the failed coup is being used to crash dissident citizens.
The government says the coup was pushed down thanks to thousands of people taking streets in protest while some argue that the government was also involved in planning the attempt, and taking advantage of it for own political interests.