Feb 24 2018

Wedding singers arrested for singing in Kurdish

Two musicians, on Saturday, were arrested for singing Kurdish songs at a wedding in Istanbul. The indictment accused the wedding singers and the wedding host for promoting a terrorist organisation.

Musicians İhsan Acet and İnayet Şarkıç and the host of the wedding  Hikmet Akyol were arrested in Istanbul for singing Kurdish language songs at a wedding hall. The judge who oversaw the case determined the threesome to be a flight risk and ruled for their arrest.

Mezopotamya News Agency reported that the police questioned Acet about the music they played at the wedding but later based the arrest report on the accused suspects' social media shares.

Turkey has arrested thousands since the 2016 coup attempt on charges of “terrorist propaganda.”  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government's crackdown intensified further after the Turkish military entered Afrin region of Syria to fight Kurdish militants it says are affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on January 20th.