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Cypriot citizen arrested in occupied north for participating in protest against Afrin invasion

December 4, 2018 at 2:41pm

Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (04.12.18) reports that Fadila Chikhou, citizen of the Republic of Cyprus of Syrian origin was arrested by “authorities” in the Turkish-occupied north on Sunday after crossing from the Ledra Palace checkpoint.

Chikhou had previously participated in a Kurdish-organised protest in the Republic of Cyprus against the Turkish invasion of Afrin.

According to Afrika, during the protest, Chikhou stepped on a picture of Erdogan and was holding a picture of the jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

She was remanded for one day on Monday after being accused of participating in an “illegal organisation” and of “insulting a foreign state official.”

The Cyprus Foreign Ministry has already made demarches to UNFICYP, a Ministry spokesman said.