On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page.
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On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page (Warning Facebook link).
Many different organizations, groups, intiatives and individuals from civil society are calling for the demonstration in Berlin and that will make it more difficult for police authorities to ban the demonstration.
In their call for the demonstration on March 3 in Berlin the coalition for peace and democracy in Afrin demand from the federal German federal government:
- Immediate action, especially also on UN, EU and NATO level, to end the attack (which is in violation with international law) by the Turkish military against Afrin.
- An immediate stop of arms exports to Turkey and other autocratic regimes
- Political and diplomatic commitment to resume the Kurdish-Turkish peace talks that were aborted in 2015
- Recognition of the democratic federation Northen Syria and the support of democratic self-government
- Humanitarian ais for the Afrin canton, especially for people who are injured and refugees
With the ongoing wave of repression against the Kurdish movement in Germany this call out of civil society is important. Apart from the fact that it will be difficult to ban this demonstration, a broader movement against German arms exports to Turkey and other dictatorships like for instance Saudi Arabia and against the Turkish attack against Afrin might be a first step to change something.
The demonstration on March 3 will start at 12:00 on Alexanderplatz, Berlin.
On February 14 we reported about the ban on all demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin, which are organized by the Kurdish democratic association NAV-DEM. The German federal interior ministry claimed that they could not assert a general ban on NAV-DEM demonstrations. But today a german journalist tweeted (picture in the Tweet below) excerpts of the ban directive against a NAV-DEM demonstration. Police authorities in Cologne wrote in the directive that they received a note from the German federal interior ministry that the ministry shares the assessment that NAV-DEM is under the control of the Congress of the Kurdish democratic society in Europe (KCDK-E). The ban directive also claims that NAV-DEM is an association of the PKK, which is banned in Germany since November 28, 1993. But NAV-DEM is a legal association in Germany and until now state prosecuters did not present any charges against the Kurdish association. Cologne police authorities also did not deliver any proof for their allegations against NAV-DEM. But the ban on NAV-DEM demonstrations could be the prelude of a complete ban of NAV-DEM by the German ministry of inetrior.
— Sebastian Weiermann (@SWeiermann) 16. Februar 2018
Immediately after the ban on NAV-DEM demostrations, NAV-DEM tweeted a screenshot (image below) of the admin part of their Facebook page. In a clever move to silence NAV-DEM, the postings on the Facebook page of the Kurdish association have a reach of about zero. On the screenshot you can see that NAV-DEM postings ussually reach thousands of people. On February 14 and 15 the NAV-DEM postings on Facebook suddenly reached only a handful of people.
Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim praised the ban on NAV-DEM demonstrations on his way to Germany earlier this week. Today German journalist Deniz Yücel was released after being imprisoned in Turkey for one year. The deal for his release was announced after Yildirim visited Angela Merkel yesterday. We don’t know yet what the Erdogan regime became from the German government for Yücel’s release. Yücel explicity stated that he doesn’t want to be part of a dirty deal between the German and Turkish government but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no deal. Merkel and Erdogan probably have ignored the wish of Yücel. More than 100 journalists are still imprisoned in Turkey.