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Ankara condemns Germany for allowing Kurdish rally

By Rudaw 19/3/2017
Kurds rally in Frankfurt with signs reading ‘No to dictatorship’ on March 18. Photo: dpa/AFP
Kurds rally in Frankfurt with signs reading ‘No to dictatorship’ on March 18. Photo: dpa/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey has accused Europe of double standards after it permitted a large Kurdish new year event that turned into a political rally with PKK flags after banning Turkish officials from campaigning in the country in advance of a referendum in April on constitutional amendments that would introduce a powerful presidential system. 

More than 30,000 Kurds joined a Newroz rally in Frankfurt on Saturday that turned political with attendees chanting slogans such as “terrorist Erdogan” and “freedom for Ocalan,” and encouraging a ‘no’ vote in the referendum, German news outlet Deutsche Welle reported. 

Germany recently banned symbols connected with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a named terrorist organization in Europe, including images of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Deutsche Welle reported that police asked some protesters to stop flying Ocalan flags in light of the ban, but none were seized. 

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry condemned Germany authorities for permitting the rally, describing it as “thought-provoking” that symbols of a named terrorist organization were displayed. “We condemn this insincere attitude,” the ministry said, according to Hurriyet Daily News. 

Rallies planned by Turkish authorities and expected to be attended by Turkish ministers in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands in advance of the referendum were blocked with the European authorities citing security concerns.

“A Turkish campaign has no business being here in Germany,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told local media. 

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin did not oppose Turkish ministers attending rallies in Germany so long as they were “duly announced.”

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said it was “not possible for German authorities to claim that Turkey’s elected representatives meeting with their citizens is dangerous as they treat terrorists as legitimate actors,” Hurriyet Daily News reported. Kalin said it was “clear support for terrorism.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul on Sunday that the “masquerade ball” was Europe was over. 

“They set aside diplomacy. They do not have the urge to hide their intentions any cannot hide the discomfort they feel from Turkey, which is growing stronger,” Erdogan said, accusing European nations of overtly supporting the ‘no’ campaign. 

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim accused European nations of siding with terrorists. 

“The events happening in Europe show us that the big plan is in Europe. Germany, Austria and Switzerland are meeting together and hosting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) well,” he said at a referendum campaign event on Sunday.

“The success of the yes vote will compromise the interests of a number of internal and external people and parties. Republican People's Party (CHP), which is the country’s opposition party, has joined hands with the PKK, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the Fethullah Gülen Group. Their whole objective is to forestall the realization of permanent stability and a strong authority in Turkey,” he added.

An estimated 1.4 million Turks living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum. 


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THE Kurdish Boy | 20/3/2017
The rhetoric used by Erdogan and his ugly gestures remind those of Hitler's. He bullies and threatens the Western leaders and insults their democratic institutions , while he uses his country's NATO membership as an instrument to invade Iraq ,Syria and Greece. He wants the European leaders to submit to his will and obey him. He treats them with utter arrogance and disregard . He is conducting a full war on the Kurds who constitute one third of the Turkey's population. He has turned his disgraceful country into a state of fear and terror . It is time now for Europe to unite in defense of its dear democracy under the threat of Islamic terror state of Turkey. It is shameful for some states like Spain to remain cowerdly silent and scared as it sees how Germany and Holland are coming under Turkish attacks, as we know how it profited unashamed from the European and German money over the years. I would also decry the same dishonest attitude of Miss Theresa May as she bowed to the Islamist Erdogan for some indecent deals with the Turkish dictator.
The Observer | 20/3/2017
Erdogan has got rabies as he realizes how the brave Kurds are poised to capture Raqqa the capital of the Islamic State which is an associate state of Turkey. As Erdogan sees the end of the I.S. approaching he fears his own rule endangered and then he recurrs to stoking the anti-european sentiments of his Turkish fanatics with the aim to gain more and more powers .
Guest | 20/3/2017
Erdogan and the res of the Turkish political leadership can go and eat "Sh*t". Or, if they are too upset, they can go and collectively kill themselves.
vatan seven | 20/3/2017
well well well, Turkey has allowed ISIS to organise in Turkey for years infect they knew who they are and where they live!!!!! and who is ISIS now?? they are terrorist group and fight for no one, but at list PKK fight for KURDS and they have a leader in Turkish hands and Turkey met Kurdish leader several times and this mean lot of things!!!!
SAVE EUROPE | 20/3/2017
European countries must react swiftly against the Islamic Fascist state of Turkey. Obviously Turkey is the most dangerous imminent risk Europe is facing since the demise of the Third Reich. Erdogan has finally shown his true ugly face as the enemy number one of Europe. He pretends that European countries are Turkish territories and he is fostering the colonization of Europe by nasty Turks who would subjugate and submit the indigenous Euroopeans.Europe must swiftly strip Turks from their European dual nationality and expatriate them immediately. Europe must now be cleansed from Turks and Muslim .Europe must unite in face of the chauvinist islamist Turks. Europe must clearly understand the contrast between Kurds and Turks: The Kurds do embrace the European civilization and share with Europe dear values ,while the Turks are staunch enemies and haters of Europe. The Western civilizatin is in danger and its security must be defended at any cost. A strong coalition of Europe ,the U.S. and the Kurds must be built up immediately with the aim to defeat and fracture the criminal state of Turkey. Europe should be freed from the Turkish danger.

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