Brickbat: Give Peace a Chance


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A Turkish court has sentenced human rights activist Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu to two-and-a-half years in prison for a tweet he posted calling for peace. Gergerlioglu posted a photo of a World Peace Day demonstration of two mothers marching behind symbolic coffins, one draped with the Turkish flag, the other with the flag of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). He wrote, "Looking at this picture, you will understand that this war has no meaning. Mothers the same, flags different." The government accused him of posting propaganda for the PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the European Union, the United States, and the United Nations.