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Kurdish man arrested crossing to the north, accused of being PYD member

Kurds protesting last month (Christos Theodorides)

A Kurdish man crossing from the south of the island to the north was arrested during the weekend on the accusation that he is a member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, reports said on Monday.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, the man, Mehmet Akgul, had participated last month in the protest against the Turkish invasion of Syria during a demonstration in Limassol where he was holding the PYD’s flag.

Akgul was arrested while crossing from the government-controlled areas to the north and was taken on Sunday to‘court which ordered a three-day remand.

He was accused of being a member of and defending an illegal organisation and for spreading propaganda on behalf of this organisation.

Authorities in the north said they were investigating the reasons for Akgul’s crossing.

Daily Afrika reported that only in the north PYD is considered a terrorist organisation.

 


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