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Published On: Sun, Mar 19th, 2017

Turkey Continues Meddling in German Affairs – Blasts Germany over “Permitting PKK Supporters to Protest”

nsnbc : Turkey’s Foreign Ministry continued its interference in domestic German affairs blasting Germany for permitting alleged supporters of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) to march in the city of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt_Germany_Mar 2017_HDPLocal German authorities, in accordance with German law and local authorities gave permission on March 18 in Frankfurt to celebrate Newroz, the spring holiday that is observed by among others Kurds.

Not surprisingly, it were mainly persons of Kurdish origin and those who stand in solidarity with them that showed up at the march;

And not surprisingly, many of the participants made use of their right to display HDP, PKK / Abdullah Öcalan, YPG / PYG and other Kurdish or Turkish leftist flags.

However, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry protested and declared that those who were marching were PKK supporters”. The incident came just days after Turkish ministers and politicians were prevented from addressing Turkish voters in the country.

People hold a rally in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 12, 2017 - Note the Gray Wolves' hand sign (red circles)

People hold a rally in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 12, 2017 – Note the Gray Wolves’ hand sign (red circles)

The march was, contrary to the Turkish government-backed “unannounced” rallies in the Netherlands peaceful and dignified.

The incident also happened only days after Turkish protesters in the Netherlands made the hand sign of Turkey’s notorious Gray Wolves – something that has become very trendy among MHP members including leading MHP members again.

However, the ministry said it was “thought-provoking” that Germany, which recognizes the PKK as a terrorist group, allowed alleged sympathizers of the group to use PKK symbols and jailed head Abdullah Öcalan’s posters during the march.

“We condemn this insincere attitude,” the ministry said, adding that Germany’s envoy in Ankara had been informed about the discomfort regarding the issue.

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, on March 18, told the German magazine Der Spiegel that Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now.

Moreover, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker commented on Turkish President Erdogan’s affirmation that he wouldn’t hesitate to reintroduce the death penalty by stressing that this would mean an end of accession negotiations with the European Union.

CH/L – nsnbc 19.03.2017

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