Turkey: anti-Erdogan activist arrested at Italian airport

On international arrest warrant, on his way to a conference

22 November, 11:32

    (ANSAmed) - BERGAMO, NOVEMBER 22 - Italian anti-terrorist police yesterday arrested Turkish activist Bahar Kimyongur in the northern city of Bergamo. He was taken into custody on an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey at the city airport while on his way to attend conferences on the Middle East in the Italian cities of Monza and Padova. A member of the Prisoners' Families Solidarity Association (TAYAD), Kimyongur collaborates with a network of left-wing journalists led by Belgian writer Michel Collon.

    In Belgium, he has been arrested and then acquitted on charges of belonging to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C), which has carried out a number of assassinations and suicide bombings and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey. He was also arrested in Spain in June on an extradition request from Turkey, and was subsequently released on bail.

    Kimyongur is an outspoken opponent of intervention in Syria, including Turkey's activities there. (ANSAmed).

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