Duvar English

A Twitter user identified as O.Y. who operates the account “Ankara Bird” was detained by Ankara Supreme Court’s Terrorism Crimes Branch.

A local citizen journalist, O.Y., also known as “Ankara Bird” was later transferred to Ankara’s Police Headquarters.

“A person doing his own thing. Retired thought worker. Doesn’t know about politics. From the media. Doesn’t rebel, finds solutions,” Ankara Bird’s Twitter bio reads.

While the Twitter account for “Ankara Bird” was restricted after its owner was detained, O.Y. is being held by the police as part of a lawsuit against the organisation of the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, dubbed ‘FETÖ’ by Ankara and held responsible for the botched coup of 2016. 

Though Ankara has detained thousands over these charges since 2016, O.Y.’s friends seem to think that his detention is due to Tweets he had written about the Turkish Red Crescent and Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).