In Germany police forces again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.
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Afrin: German Police Attacked Right of Assembly Again
In Germany cops again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.
Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim is in Germany at the moment and visited Angela Merkel yesterday. The Turkish prime minister praised the German ban policies on Kurdish demonstrations during his flight to Germany. Today Yildirim will attend at the security conference SiKo in Munich (tweet below).
#Munich Activists did a banner action in solidarity with #Afrin at the hotel where the #SiKo war conference will start tomorrow. Activists chanted “German arms, German money kill all over the world” & German tanks out of #Kurdistan
Video by @KeremSchambergpic.twitter.com/U6PDPnx5Mi
— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) 15. Februar 2018
Yesterday was also the 19th anniversary of the capture of Abdullah Öcalan. There were actions and demonstrations in several German cities. In Duisburg there was a stationary gathering in front of the main train station after a march was banned by police authorities. Hundreds of people protested with YPJ and YPG flags and shields with portraits of Abdullah Öcalan. In speeches people demanded the release of Öcalan and to stop the Turkish war against Afrin.
In Hamburg people took the streets and marched from Sternschanze to the pre-detention prison Holstenglacis (video below). Kurdish activist Zeki Eroğlu is imprisoned in Holstenglacis and waiting for his appeal, after he was convicted for PKK membership in a show trial to please the Turkish state. The PKK is banned in Germany. In front of the prison people read a message for Eroğlu and demanded the release of all political prisoners. People also demanded freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and to stop the Turkish military aggression against Afrin.
The peace coalition in Nürnberg also gathered to protest against the war in Afrin (video below). In one of the speeches a speaker said that the goal of the capture of Abduallah Öcalan 19 years ago was to crusk the Kurdish freedom movement but the resistance in Afrin showed that the Turkish state failed.
In Bonn activists did a banner drop. The banner reads: “Free Öcalan” (video below).
In Cologne people gathered in front of the cathedral to protest against the imprisonment of Abdullah Öcalan. Cops immediately kettled the people at the gathering and checked their id’s.
In Mannheim the „Êdî bese – Es reicht!“ (It’s enough!) coalition orgainzed a demonstration. Cops repressed the demonstration and detained 10 people. After their id’s were checked, the cops released them again.
In Hannover cops also repressed activists yesterday. On February 15, also known as roja reş (the black day), the day that Kurdish activists not only remember as the day that Abdullah Öcalan was captured in 1999, but also as the day that authorities went against his ideas and visions. In Hannover cops stopped a demonstration that demanded the release of Öcalan and to stop the war against Afrin several times. The cops told the protesters on one of their loudspeakers they would dissolve the demonstration when people don’t stop chanting “Freedom for Öcalan. According to the cops chanting “Freedom for Öcalan!” is a crime in Germany.
The cops in Hannover also banned all flags of the Kurdish freedom movement and banner that demanded the release of Abdullah Öcalan. The cops also attacked the demonstration and temporarily detained 2 people. They were released after the cops checked their id’s.
The German state continues to increase the repression against the Kurdish movement. After flags that are not forbidden in Germany, like the YPG and YPJ flags, were banned on demonstrations and the ban and repression against several demonstrations, we now arrived at a point where it’s forbidden for people to chant for the freedom of political prisoners. The authoritarian German state that showed it’s ugly face during the No G20 protests in Hamburg last year, is increasing it’s repression against the right to assembly more an more. This state, that approves one arms deal after another, is supporting the Turkish war against Afrin. This German state is afraid that Kurdish, Turkish and German people solidarize with each other and will do anything to stop it. But more and more people are aware that we have to stop the Turkish war against self-determination in Afrin and the complicity of the German state.
Demonstration in Strasbourg
On the 17th of February there will be a transnational demonstration in Strasbourg, France. The demands are freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, a charter for Kurdistan and to stop the Turkish military aggression against Afrin.
Demonstration Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan! A charter for Kurdstan! Stop the military aggression against Afrin!
Saturday February 17th, 11:30am, Gare de Strasbourg (main train station Strasbourg), Place de la Gare, 67000 Straßburg, France.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1635432363220460/
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