Anybody who dares to criticise or defend the truth faces arrest and imprisonment in Turkey. The oppression of opposition groups, particularly HDP members continues.
In the past 24 hours house raids and police operations have taken place in 40 provinces. 718 people, including HDP members and leadership, have been arrested. The arrests in provinces such as Sirnak, Agri, Diyarbakir, Urfa, Van, Mardin, Siirt, Hakkari, Mersin and Elazig are a response to criticism expressed by those arrested against the state’s military operation on Gare in Iraq.
On Saturday, the Turkish military organised an operation on Gare and no effort was made to rescue the 13 hostages held by the PKK, instead the Turkish military bombed the area with no calculations or precautions in place. Those who are saying that Erdogan and the Government should be held responsible for the deaths of the 13 soldiers who were held hostage are all being arrested. The immediate mass arrest and censorship of any criticism raises further concern about the speed at which facism is being established in the country.