An Ankara woman, identified as M.A., was detained after being reported to police for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a conversation with her friend on the bus.
Cumhuriyet daily newspaper said Friday that M.A. was reported to police by another commuter who had overheard M.A.’s conversation in which she was discussing the 2013 Gezi Park protests and the 2016 failed coup with her friend.
The informant followed M.A. off the bus and had her detained by police at a shopping store in Ankara’s Kizilay, according to Cumhuriyet.
Main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) deputy Murat Emir said M.A. is a CHP member and he added: “[The government] has managed to turn people into informers.”
As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media. A total of 1,080 people were convicted of insulting Erdoğan in 2016, according to data from Turkey’s Justice Ministry. Data also showed that 4,936 cases were launched against people on charges of insult in 2016.