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Twenty-nine people were detained overnight in İzmir for “inciting riots and conducting propaganda” on the social media network Twitter, with police forces still searching for 9 more. DHA photo

Twenty-nine people were detained overnight in İzmir for “inciting riots and conducting propaganda” on the social media network Twitter, with police forces still searching for 9 more. DHA photo

Twenty-nine people were detained overnight in İzmir for “inciting riots and conducting propaganda” on the social media network Twitter, with police forces still searching for 9 more.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) provincial head Ali Engin, accompanied by party members and relatives of detainees, visited the İzmir Security Directorate’s Smuggling and Organized Crime branch to speak to authorities about the detention of the suspects, who had been tweeting in support of the ongoing Gezi Park protests.

Engin said these people were supporting the movement for a “fair and free country.” “If that is a crime, then we all committed the crime.”

CHP provincial secretary and attorney Sevda Erkan Kılıç said she had studied the files and found nothing that would “provoke the citizens.”

“These statements were things we all shared. We have learned that our friends were subjected to identity checks before at a police station, our guess is that their names were spotted then.”

Some of the families, however, claimed their detained relative did not have a Twitter or Facebook account.

June/05/2013

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Eric Martin

6/5/2013 10:43:09 PM

I am an Erdogan supporter as most of you know. These protesters didn't win anyone over by burning and destroying. Not exactly civil protests. I think they'll be released when this dies down.

cemal ahmet

6/5/2013 8:18:48 PM

Why? Because it exposes the truth about another oppressive Islamist regime? Why would a sane person want to change regime/ democracy? AKP government is full of sick people. And it is a so-called democracy in Turkey.Turkish democracy and secularism is under attack by the current government.

mara mcglothin

6/5/2013 4:52:33 PM

USOBSERVER Completely outrageous! BUT also completely predictable and very sad.

Steve Anderson

6/5/2013 3:05:47 PM

Basil Keilani: The American Occupy Movement suffered the same sort of police brutality as is happening in Turkey. Protesters were murdered and thousands were injured. The corporate-owned media also neglected to cover the protests and the associated horrors heaped upon the peaceful and unarmed. The American government was complicit in its cover up by ignoring the atrocities police committed -- not a single government official apologized for the crimes of "enthusiastic" police. I WAS THERE.

Sev Cihan

6/5/2013 2:49:15 PM

this whole thing is a test to see how far they can go in the western world! just wait in europe the us everywhere will be protest and the demonstrators will get the same beating like in turkey! read the signs people! read the signs!

US Observer

6/5/2013 2:34:47 PM

Outrageous!

alexandros daLezios

6/5/2013 2:09:32 PM

leave the internet free. the internet is not erdogan's fiefdom.

Richard Pekar

6/5/2013 1:18:48 PM

unbelievable....

The Prisoner

6/5/2013 11:37:55 AM

The Erdogan police are acting like the Iranian Revolutionary Guard! Shame on them.

DutchTurk JANICAR

6/5/2013 11:25:47 AM

Such a biased comment, bravo.... These people arrested are arrested due to their call for violence, same was done during the London riots. If the crack down of the British intelligence during the London riots on the ones promoting violence on social media was right, than this is also right. God bless Turkiye...
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