Turkey makes issue of Kurdish ‘symbols’
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Germany’s ambassador in Ankara and accused Germany of allowing “terror propaganda” by Kurdish militants.
The ministry said late Saturday that a festival in Cologne used “symbols” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, including pictures of the group’s leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned in Turkey.
The PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey and its Western allies, has been waging a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state. Turkey has repeatedly accused Germany of harboring the PKK, and relations between the countries have soured in the past year.