Jul 02 2018

Turkish publicist arrested over short-lived Instagram post on elections

A Turkish publicist has been arrested after sharing an Instagram post in which he called on people to take to the streets following the June 24 election victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his leading Justice and Development Party (AKP), secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Hakan Aykut Nili shared an Instagram post on the presidential and parliamentary elections last month in which Erdoğan scored a decisive victory, saying, ‘’This must be the greatest fraud in political history. It’s evident that the only way is to take to the streets.’’  Nili removed the post within seconds; however, he was detained by police in his home in İstanbul the night after the elections, Cumhuriyet said.

Nili was arrested the next day for openly ‘’provoking hatred among the people.’’

The publicist, in his defense, said that he had reposted the message from the another friend and deleted it upon a warning he received from a friend.  ‘’I know I should not have posted that. I’m sorry.’’Cumhuriyet quoted Nili as saying.

Nili’s lawyers have asked for release pending trial.

Following Turkey’s July 15, 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish government has cracked down on opposition with tens of thousands being detained and jailed under an ongoing state of emergency.