Co­me­dian pre­vented from wav­ing scram­bled egg flag

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A GER­MAN co­me­dian of Turk­ish ori­gin was pre­vented by Ger­man au­thor­i­ties from hang­ing a black flag that car­ried the recipe of men­e­men, a Turk­ish ver­sion of scram­bled egg with cap­sicum and toma­toes, writ­ten in Ara­bic script. Aim­ing to protest Ger­man au­thor­i­ties for al­low­ing demon­stra­tions by the PKK, which the EU as a whole con­sid­ers a ter­ror­ist group, Bil­gili Üret­men printed the Ara­bic men­e­men recipe on the black ma­te­rial, was banned from hang­ing the flag on his stand in the Schilder­gasse, one of the city’s most pop­u­lar spots. “What I tried by hang­ing a flag that is sim­i­lar to the one used by Daesh was for the Ger­mans to un­der­stand how we Turks feel when the au­thor­i­ties con­stantly al­low the PKK to demon­strate,” he said.

He said the PKK was re­spon­si­ble for the death of around 40,000 Turk­ish cit­i­zens, while its sup­port­ers used banned sym­bols to demon­strate in Cologne. “Still, I am not al­lowed to demon­strate with my men­e­men recipe flag. This alone shows the hypocrisy of Ger­many and other West­ern coun­tries.”

He said he wanted Ger­mans to get an­noyed and react to his flag, and con­se­quently, sym­pa­thize with Turks when they react against PKK sym­bols. “I got per­mis­sion from sev­eral places for my flag. I spent a lot of money to get the posters printed and build the stand. De­spite my per­mis­sion doc­u­ments, the po­lice stopped me from demon­strat­ing. As I was be­ing pre­vented from stag­ing my protest, a group of PKK members were wav­ing their flags in front of Cologne’s cen­tral train sta­tion.”

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