Man briefly detained for questioning ErdoIan’s visit to IIdIr

A 26-year-old man was briefly detained and asked to testify to a prosecutor on Monday after he allegedly asked the reason for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s visit to the eastern province of Iidir.
According to the Dogan news agency, Handuseyin Ali Karabai, who was watching Erdoganand’s rally that was being held at the Zandubeyde Hanim Boulevard on Monday outside of the rally area, questioned Erdoganand’s visit to the province, saying: and”What changed after [Prime Minister] Ahmet Davutoiluand’s visit? Now, the president has come. Why did he come?and”
Karabai was detained by police officers and taken to the National Police Department over his remarks and spent the night at the police headquarters. The 26-year-old man released after testifying to the prosecutor at the Iidir Courthouse.
Karabai upon his exit from the courthouse was welcomed by opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) provincial head andOzcan Gandundoy and MHP Iidir deputy candidates isa Yaiar and Sefer Karakoyunlu outside the building.
More than 100 people, including a 16-year-old high school student, have recently been charged and some detained after being accused of insulting Erdogan. Anti-government journalists and public figures in particular have been targeted by the police and prosecutors on the grounds that they have insulted Erdogan. These developments are widely considered a new method of intimidating political opponents who do not share the governmentand’s views.
Dozens of people including journalists Sedef Kabai, Hidayet Karaca and Mehmet Baransu, high school students, activists and even Merve Banduyanduksaraandc — a former Miss Turkey — have been prosecuted for insulting Erdogan on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman