Erdogan urged attack on Turkish Cypriot newspaper

January 22, 2018

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The editor-in-chief of a left-wing Turkish Cypriot newspaper alleged that Turkey’s president incited supporters to attack the publication’s office Monday because the paper had criticized Ankara’s military offensive in Syria.Dozens of people waving the Turkish flag smashed windows and hurled stones, eggs and other items at Afrika’s office in Nicosia, the split capital of ethnically divided Cyprus, the editor’s assistant, Cinel Husseyin, said. She said a few tried to storm the first-floor office.

Editor Sener Levent said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged supporters to “answer” Afrika for suggesting that Turkey’s offensive into a Syrian enclave controlled by a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia was a bid to occupy that country’s territory.

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