‘Afrika’ Newspaper Offices Under Siege

Journalists at the offices of Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Africa’, were forced to barricade their doors as protestors hurled stones, water bottles and eggs at the building.

Crowds gathered outside the newspaper offices angered by the headline published by ‘Afrika’ on Sunday, accusing Turkey of launching another invasion.

According to Turkey’s prime minister, Turkish ground troops crossed the border into the Syrian enclave of Afrin in an operation against the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG

Turkey considers Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the YPG, “terrorist groups” with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long fight inside Turkey.

North Cyprus News - Afrika - offices attackedMeanwhile, various groups attacked the offices of ‘Afrika’ yelling their support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Police were called in to take security measures. Leader of the Turkish settlers’ party (YDP) Erhan Arikli said that he too had been demonstrating in front of the building. Protestors set fire to the offending front page of the newspaper.

Activists climbed onto the newspaper’s balcony and began tearing off the letters from the sign of the newspaper.

Kibris Gazetesi, Al Jazeera

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