Prosecutors to investigate opposition deputy over tweet about Turkey’s military offensive

Sezgin Tanrıkulu, Istanbul MP from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) speaks on July 4, 2017 during an interview in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday announced it has launched an investigation into Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), over a tweet he posted about Turkey’s military offensive in northeast Syria, the Diken news website reported.

In a written statement the office said Tanrıkulu would be investigated for allegedly denigrating the Republic of Turkey.

“The government needs to know: This is an unjust war on Kurds,” the CHP deputy tweeted on Saturday.

Last week, Turkey launched a military incursion into northeast Syria allegedly aimed at clearing Kurdish militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it considers a terrorist group, from the border area with Turkey.

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had published a statement on Oct. 10 threatening to prosecute anyone who targets the incursion with any kind of suggestive news.

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