Turkey makes it illegal to oppose war after it attacks and invades Syria

Under the new decree, any meeting, march, press release, signature campaign, having a stand, erecting a tent, leafletting, putting up posters or any other activity indicating an opposition to war is banned.

Turkey makes it illegal to oppose war after it attacks and invades Syria

Turkey makes it illegal to oppose war after it attacks and invades Syria

What has been experienced in daily life was finally codified in Turkey after the Istanbul governor made it illegal to oppose the war.

Several anti-war protests across the country had been attacked by the police without any reason in the past several days. Having no legal basis to prevent these demonstrations but not allowing them anyway led the Turkish government to finally and openly make it illegal to demonstrate, or openly oppose war within Istanbul, the largest metropolitan center in Turkey.

The government decree claimed the Turkish invasion of Syria to be legitimate and ordered all movements of “No to War” to be illegal as these “may jeopardize social harmony, internal peace, or touch the national values.”

Under this decree, any meeting, march, press release, signature campaign, having a stand, erecting a tent, leafletting, putting up posters or any other activity indicating an opposition to war is banned.

The ban also covers any criticism of the armed forces or its operations in Istanbul.

The ban is to take effect for the next 10 days, until March 10th, 2020.

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