Mustafa Akıncı, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community in Cyprus, said he had received death threats after criticising Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria, T24 news site reported.

Criticism of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring against Kurdish-led forces in Syria has been virtually prohibited by the Turkish government, which announced last week it had detained more than 100 people for “insulting” the military operation.

So the statement denouncing the operation by Akınci sparked considerable controversy in Turkey.

“Some people have chosen to insult me instead of telling their opinions, some of them even went so far as to make death threats in response to opinions I expressed in my statement a few days ago,” Akıncı said.

The Turkish Cypriot leader has provided details of the death threats to the police, T24 said.

Akıncı on Saturday accused Turkey of waging a war in northeast Syria by its military incursion dubbed Operation Peace Spring and said the naming of the offence was reminiscent of Turkey’s military intervention to Cyprus in 1974.

His comment ignited a full-blown spat between the Turkish Cypriot and Ankara.


One Response to Turkish Cypriot community leader receives death threats over statement on Turkey’s Syria offensive

  1. Jean-Louis Constantinides says:

    He was looking like Erdogan’s yes man for a long time. He is a Cypriot at heart and grew up in Limassol with Greek Cypriots. It seems like he did not acquire the violent and bloody tendencies of his fellow Turkish politicians and committed the cardinal sin of critiquing the neo-sultan in Ankara. Beware of the Grey wolves “Acki” they will show you no merci and Erdogan is rabid…..Good luck.

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