Cyprus Mail

Cypriot arrested in north for taking part in protest in south

Kurds living in Cyprus burn posters depicting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration against the Turkish offensive on Kurdish forces in north-west Syria, outside the American Embassy in Nicosia

A female Cypriot citizen was arrested by authorities in the north for participating in a protest in the state-controlled areas against the Turkish invasion of Syria’s Afrin province, reports said on Tuesday.

According to CyBC, this is the first time that a citizen of another country was arrested in the north for taking part in an ‘incident’ in the south.

The woman was arrested on Sunday after she tried to cross to the north at the Ayios Dometios checkpoint. She was then taken by authorities for questioning, where she was shown pictures of herself protesting at a Kurdish demonstration against the Afrin invasion in the state-controlled areas.

The pictures showed her holding a poster of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and throwing it on the ground and stepping on it.

She was asked if she was the woman in the picture, and she said yes, according to Afrika newspaper.

The woman was taken to ‘court’ in the north and charged with possession of propaganda, supporting an illegal organisation and being a member of an illegal organisation.

She was released earlier on Tuesday.

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