Turkey: Cypriots protest over freedom of speech

(MENAFN) Several thousand Turkish Cypriots took to the streets to protest against Turkey's unwelcome influence that has encouraged hard-right groups to try and silence opposing views.

Protesters representing about 20 left-wing groups protested under rain and faced bad weather on Friday evening to voice their opposition to Turkey's agitation of 'fascist' and 'extremist' segments of their society.

The march comes four days after an attack against the offices of left-wing newspaper Afrika by supporters of Turkey's president over its criticism of Ankara's military assaults against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.

Calling it a "fascist" attack on free speech, Protesters considered it alien to Turkish Cypriots' way of life.



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