Kurds protest against Er­do­gan in Ger­many

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

About 25,000 Kurds and Ale­vis ral­lied in the Ger­man city of Cologne yes­ter­day against Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, af­ter the ar­rest of pro-Kur­dish politi­cians ear­lier this month, the DPA news agency re­ported. Kurds and Ale­vis, a mod­er­ate Is­lamic sect who make up 20 per­cent of Turkey’s pop­u­la­tion, said they were demon­strat­ing “for democ­racy, peace and free­dom” and against sweep­ing purges by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties since the failed July coup.

Some held up pic­tures of jailed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK) leader Ab­dul­lah Ocalan, de­tained since 1999 on the prison is­land of Im­rali, off the coast of Is­tan­bul. Oth­ers held por­traits of Se­la­hat­tin Demir­tas, the young co-leader of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (HDP), ar­rested last week with sev­eral other mem­bers of the pro-Kur­dish group ac­cused by Er­do­gan of be­ing a front for the PKK.

Cologne po­lice re­ported a group of young Kur­dish trou­ble­mak­ers at the edge of the demon­stra­tion. “Flares were ig­nited by a few in­di­vid­u­als. When po­lice tried to pre­vent them, stones and other ob­jects were thrown at them,” said a po­lice state­ment.

One po­lice­man suf­fered an in­jured hand and one pro­tes­tor was de­tained, ac­cord­ing to DPA. Ger­many is home to about 1 mil­lion Kurds, more than any other Euro­pean coun­try, as well as the world’s largest Turk­ish di­as­pora com­mu­nity, and fears of ten­sion be­tween them on Ger­man soil are fu­elled by Er­do­gan’s re­pres­sion. — AFP

COLOGNE: Pro-Kur­dish demon­stra­tors protest against Turk­ish pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan and the political re­pres­sion that fol­lowed July’s failed mil­i­tary coup, in Cologne. — AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.