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Published On: Wed, Oct 18th, 2017

Turkey tries to redicule German police for building rapport with pro-Kurdish protesters

nsnbc : Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkey’s presidency attempted to denigrate German police in Frankfurt after police there, prior to a pro-Kurdish demonstration, released a tweet in a standard procedure aimed to build a positive rapport with protesters.

Ibrahim Kalin_Turkey_presidency_2017Police in the German financial capital Frankfurt posted the following message on its Twitter account on October 16 (translated from German):

“For your service this evening, we will be at the demonstration themed ‘Freedom for Öcalan, Peace in Kurdistan.”

The Tweet was posted as standard procedure using the name or motto under which the – legal and lawfully registered – demonstration was planned and registered.

Frankfurt police and many other police forces throughout Germany use social media like Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to build a positive rapport with protesters who engage in legal protests and to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

Apparently no longer used to citizens being able to freely express their political views – with Turkey having jailed journalists who reported about Turkey’s 2015 military crackdown against Kurds for “supporting a terrorist organization without being a member” or worse, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin misconstrued the Tweet as if German police actively supports the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). On October 17 Kahn posted on his Twitter account:

“This is the German police’s praise of terror: ‘We are at your service this evening, Freedom for Öcalan, Peace in Kurdistan.'”

It is worth noting that the Indictments Chamber in the Belgian capital Brussels, in September 2017, has exonerated from prosecution all those standing trial in a case sounding the activities of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

PKK Photo, James Gordon

PKK Photo, James Gordon

The Court ruled, unequivocally, that the conflict between the Turkish State and Kurds in Turkey is “an internal conflict” and that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) as such, cannot be considered to be a terrorist organization.

In November 2016 the Brussels pre-trial chamber had exonerated them from prosecution as the Turkish-Kurdish conflict should be viewed as an armed struggle and the terrorism laws.

Considering these rulings in the European Union capital Brussels it is likely that the European Union might soon remove the PKK from its list of organizations designated as terrorists.

Several EU member states, including Germany, have significantly relaxed their position with regard to the PKK after Ankara unilaterally ended the bilateral ceasefire and peace talks between the State and the PKK.

CH/L – nsnbc 18.10.2017

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