- Title: Police detains Kurds protesting Turkey's Syria operation
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WATER CANNON SPRAYING ON PROTESTERS DENOUNCING TURKEY'S OPERATION INTO SYRIA POLICE DETAINING A PROTESTER VARIOUS OF POLICEMAN JOSTLING A PROTESTER / POLICE AND PROTESTER ARGUING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS BEING DETAINED
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 13:18
- Keywords: Turkey Syria military operation Diyarbakir scuffles Kurdish protest
- Location: DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY
- City: DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IKPJB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish police detained at least five protesters on Thursday (October 10) in Diyarbakir, the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, for criticizing the military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northeast Syria.
Police used water cannons to break up the gathering which was initially called for ousting of elected mayors of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), after it turned into a protest against Turkish military operation in Syria.
Separately, Turkish authorities on Thursday started investigations into leaders of the pro-Kurdish opposition and detained 21 people for criticizing the military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northeast Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency said.
Turkey launched the incursion against the Kurdish YPG militia on Wednesday after a withdrawal by U.S. forces with whom they were allied. Ankara deems the YPG a terrorist group over links to PKK militants who have fought a decades-old insurgency in Turkey.
While most of Turkey's opposition parties have voiced support for the operation, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has called for the offensive to stop, saying it is an "invasion attempt".
The suspects are accused of "provoking the public to hatred and animosity" and "carrying out propaganda for a terrorist organisation," it said.
Turkish authorities have launched similar investigations after each of its two previous cross-border operations into Syria. More than 300 people were detained for social media posts criticising Turkey's offensive into northern Syria in January 2018.
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