Todays protests in solidarity with Afrin in Dortmund, Germany are banned by police authorities. Yesterday the cops already banned a gathering in solidarity with Afrin in Bonn. Last night cops also surrounded the autonomous center in Wuppertal and carried out ID checks after a gathering in solidarity with Afrin. The cops also checked people at Marienstrasse in Wuppertal. On Monday (06:00pm in front of the City Arkaden) people in Wuppertal will take the streets again to protest in solidarity with Afrin. All these cities are in the German state of Nort Rhine Westphalia. While authorities are banning protests against the Turkish miliraty aggression against Afrin, the German government approved 31 arms deals for the Turkish army between December 18, 2017 and January 24, 2018.
Written by Riot Turtle.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Protests in Solidarity with Afrin Again Banned in Germany – German Government Approves 31 Arms Deal with Turkish Army
After cops stopped a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne, Germany on January 27th, they banned demonstrations in Cologne and Duisburg on February 10. Yesterday cops banned a gathering in solidarity with Afrin in Bonn and announced that todays demonstration in Dortmund in solidarity with Afrin is also banned. In a press release “police authorities in Dortmund stated that they will ban all demonstrations that support the PKK”.
In Wuppertal cops surrounded the autonomous center after a gathering in solidarity with Afrin last night. The cops also had a check point in the Marienstrasse in Wuppertal, Germany last night. They checked people’s id’s and threatened to detain groups of people of more than three persons. The autonomous center in Wuppertal closed early last night after the terror by the cops. But local sources say this state repression will not be unanswered.
#lasttweet Next gathering in solidarity with #Afrin in #Wuppertal#Germany will be on Monday at 06:00pm (1800) in front of City Arkaden. #DefendAfrin ##Rojava#AfrinNotAlone#TwitterKurds#EverywhereAfrin#RiseUp4Afrin
— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) 23. Februar 2018
While repression against the solidarity movement with Afrin continues to grow in Germany, Erdogan’s footmen in Berlin (also called German government) approved 31 arms deals of German corporations with the Turkish army between December 18, 2017 and January 24, 2018. The German government insisted there was no dirty deal with the Erdogan regime in exchange for last weeks release of German journalist Deniz Yücel, who was detained for one year by the Turkish regime.
The German government refuses to release details about the 31 approvals for the arms deals with the Turkish government. Earlier this year the German government said that they postponed a decision about an upgrade for Leopard II tanks by the German Rheinmetall corporation. A few days after the announcement journalists found out that Rheinmetall already signed the deal at January 9, 2018. The ministry didn’t want to comment if this deal was one of the 31 approvals between December 18, 2017 and January 24, 2018, if it was this would mean the German government lied and did not postpone the decision.
On November 7, 2017 there was a meeting between German foreign minister Siegmar Gabriel and big shots of German arms manufacturer, among them was Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger.
While cops are increasing repression against people who protest against the Turkish military aggression against Afrin, removing banners and flags from places like the Guesthouse of Resistance and the Rote Flora, German weapons continue to kill people in Afrin. It seems that the German government is afraid that symbols and texts on pieces of cotton could remind people on the blood on the hands of the German arms industry and their allies in the German government.
On Monday (06:00pm in front of the City Arkaden) people in Wuppertal will take the streets again to protest in solidarity with Afrin.
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