Coronavirus: 410 arrested in Turkey for 'provocative posts'

Messages on social media criticized government on emergency

25 March, 15:51

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MARCH 25 - Turkish police arrested ''as of today'' 410 people accused of sharing ''challenging'' messages and fake information on social media on the spread of coronavirus, Turkish Interior Ministry Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday. Mass arrests and citations began last week after several posts criticized authorities over their management of the coronavirus emergency. In the posts, authorities were accused of initially hiding the truth on the spread of CODIV-19 to the population. A reported 1,872 cases have been confirmed in Turkey with 44 deaths reported so far.(ANSAmed).

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