Turkish police on Tuesday detained nine people for sharing pro-Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and pro-Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) posts and spreading PKK propaganda on social media, Cumhuriyet daily reported.
According to the report, the Kayseri Police Department detained nine people early Tuesday as part of operations aiming to prevent and expose terrorist PKK activities.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.