Turkish police arrested 91 people including a pro-Kurdish politician overnight for “spreading terrorist propaganda” on social media about Turkey’s military operation against a Kurdish militia in Syria, state media reported on Tuesday.
The police raids, which the state-run Anadolu news agency said were focused on the western province of Izmir, brought the number of such detentions to around 70 since “Operation Olive Branch” was launched on Saturday.
The incursion into the Afrin region targets the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, viewed by Ankara as a terrorist group and an extension of the PKK, which has fought an insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast since 1984.
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