Eighteen scholars detained by Turkish authorities accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda”

Eighteen scholars were detained by Turkish authorities on Friday after being accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda” and of insulting the state after they signed a petition denouncing the military campaign against Kurdish militants in Turkey.

 

The scholars are part of a group of more than one thousand academics across the country who say that they will not be apart of the country’s crime and “deliberate massacre” of the Kurdish people.

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the group in a speech on television accusing them of “treason” attempting to undermine Turkey’s national security.

 

The scholars could face anywhere from one to five years in jail if they are convicted.

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