311 PEOPLE LAND IN PRISON OVER SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

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Police in Turkey have detained 311 people over social media posts related to Turkey’s military operation in a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria.

Suleyman Soyl, the Interior Minister, was quoted saying that those detained were accused of spreading terrorist propaganda. Turkey’s operation was launched last Saturday against the Kurdish YPG militia.Ankara considers the group a terrorist organisation.

There have been reports of detentions since the onset of the military operation, including journalists critical of the government’s military moves, though some have since been released. Also detained were members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). The HDP, meanwhile, said on Monday its offices in the Pendik district of Istanbul were attacked and set on fire by unknown people.