The Istanbul Governor’s Office has banned anti-war rhetoric and anti-war events until March 10 on the grounds that the military intervention in Syria’s Idlib is ongoing.
“In this sensitive period where we have fallen soldiers in Syria, it was concluded that meetings, marches, press releases, petitions, exhibits, posters etc. that manifest ‘No War’ could lead to public unrest,” the statement from the governor’s office said March 3.
The governor’s office banned “rhetoric that criticizes the Turkish Armed Forces’ military operations or attempts to create public opinion against them” to “maintain peace and safety in the city.”
On March 1, Turkey announced a new offensive, Operation Spring Shield, in Idlib.
The operation came after at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed and tens of others injured in an airstrike from the Syrian government on Feb. 27.