A man was caught on camera hurling racist insults and threatening Turkish human rights activist, Barbaros Şansal, at a restaurant in Northern Cyprus.
In the video, a man wearing a white t-shirt, is heard accusing Şansal of betraying Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
“You b*stard! You will apologize to the people of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. You are a disgrace to this nation. You can’t simply come back here and hang out freely after all these things you said. You will answer to us for all your ignominy” the man said.
Receiving these insults, Mr Şansal says nothing during the altercation.
Şansal was attacked by a mob and then jailed by an İstanbul court in January 2017 due to a video he posted on New Year’s Eve. In the video, he said: “I won’t celebrate [the New Year]. Do you know what I am gonna do? I will drink up all drinks at bar and home,” Şansal said in the video before adding:” Drown in your shit, Turkey!” He had spent some 4 months in the Silivri prison until being released pending trial. He was eventually given 6 month, 20 day prison sentence.