At least 11 people were detained for opposing the Turkish military’s offensive in Syria’s Afrin via their social media accounts.
Media reported on Thursday that Ankara public prosecutor’s office issued detention warrants for 18 people.
While 11 of them were rounded up, police were seeking the remaining 7. Among the detainees is Dilsat Aktas, the co-chair of the Halkevleri activist group.
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.
According to official data, at least 786 people in total were detained for their critical stance against the operation between Jan 22 and Feb 19.