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Solidarity with #Afrin: SPD Offices in #Hamburg Occupied – #Rheinmetall Pressing Ahead Arms Deal With Turkish State

Activists occupied the party offices of the Social Democratiy Party (SPD) in Hamburg yesterday. The activists hung up a banner at the front of the building with the text: “Blood on your hands!” Riot cops cleared the building, detaining two activists. German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is pressing ahead another arms deal with the Turkish state. with For todays demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal, Germany police authorities banned all flags with Kurdish colours. 

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Solidarity with Afrin: SPD Offices in Hamburg Occupied

Activists occupied the party offices of the Social Democratiy Party (SPD) in Hamburg yesterday. The activists hung up a banner at the front of the building with the text: “Blood on your hands!” Riot cops cleared the building, detaining two activists. German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is pressing ahead another arms deal with the Turkish state. For todays demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal, Germany police authorities banned all flags with Kurdish colours. 

The activists who occupied the SPD offices in Hamburg demanded an immediate stop of all stop of all arms exports to the Turkish state. The SPD is one of the two parties in the German federal government and authorized many arms deals between German companies and the Turkish state. Activists also stated that the German state has to distance themselves and condemn from the war of aggression against Afrin. 

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The occupiers of the SPD offices in Germany also demanded the stop of the criminalization of the Kurdish movement in Germany. Riot cops ended the occupation and detained two activists. The cops also filed criminal charges to four other activists and checked several id’s. 

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Image: A German Leopard II tank near to the Turkish – Syrian border.

German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is pressing ahead another arms deal with the Turkish state. Although the German government postponed a decision until a new government is sworn in, German public broadcaster ARD, reported today in which ARD says that Rheinmetall already finished a deal with Turkish manufacturer BMC. German foreign minister Siegmar Gabriel told the Turkish foreign minister during a meeting early January that the German government would authorize to upgrade the German Leopard II tanks of the Turkish army. On the 9th of January a delegation of BMC signed the deal with Rheinmetall at Rheinmetall headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. Observers and activists are convinced that the German government postponed the authorization of the deal to wait until the pressure by activists and public interest in the war against Afrin will lessen.

Rheinmetall also founded a subsidiary company in Turkey, so the German arms giant doesn’t need their arms deals to be authorized by the German government anymore. The subsidiary company with the name RBSS is a joint-venture with BMC and other Turkish companies. BMC is owned by a close friend of Turkish president Erdogan. The RBSS headquarters are located in Ankara.

In the past weeks cops repressed many demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in Germany. Especially in the German state of Nort Rhine Westphalia. Today there will be another demonstration in the German state, this time in Wuppertal. The cops already announced that all flags with Kurdish colours are banned on the demonstration. Todays (February 13) will start at 06:00pm (18:00) in front of the City Arkaden on the Alte Freiheit in Wuppertal.

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