Turkey arrests teacher for insulting Atatürk on social media

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of a teacher who allegedly insulted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the republic and the first president, in the southeastern city of Malatya, Turkish news outlet T24 reported on Monday. 

The teacher allegedly said that Atatürk was "the biggest devil of the 20th century" on his social media account. Following a public outcry on social media, district Directorate of National Education has launched an official investigation concerning the issue. 

Veli Ağbaba, Malatya deputy of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said CHP's district organisation would make a protest in front of the school if the authorities would not act against the teacher, describing the incident as a "scandal". CHP has reported the social media posts of the teacher to the authorities, Ağbaba added.

Following the complaints, police have raided the teacher's home and arrested him.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has been under the protection of the Turkish constitution by the article 5816 since July 1951, and insulting Atatürk has been accepted as a crime in Turkey.