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Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez: Killed in #Paris, Banned in #Hannover #Germany

In 2013, the kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were killed by the Turkish secret service MIT in Paris. Images of the women are now banned by police authorities in Hannover, Germany. 

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez: Killed in Paris, Banned in Hannover Germany

In 2013, the kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were killed by the Turkish secret service MIT in Paris. Flags with the images of the women are now banned by police authorities in Hannover, Germany. 

After series of raids, bans and demos that were stopped, the German state steps up the repression against Kurdish activists once more in Germany. After police authorities in Berlin surprisedly issued a statement that they will not ban YPG and YPJ flags on demonstrations anymore, police forces in other German cities continued to ban the flags of the Kurdish militias in Rojava, although they are not forbidden in Germany. During a protest in solidarity with Afrin at Düsseldorf airport last night, a cop said during a live stream that he didn’t care if German courts or the ministery of interior say that YPG flags are not forbidden. “I ban them”. 

For police authorities in Hannover that isn’t enough. In a written protocol (screenshot below) of talks between people who wanted to register a demonstration in Hannover and local police authorities, police authorities of Hannover stated that it’s not allowed to carry or show “purple flags with the 3 PKK martyrs who were killed in Paris in 2013.” 


The police authorities of Hannover admit in the protocol that these flags are not banned by the German ministry of interior but consider the flags as symbolism that is related to the PKK, which is banned in Germany. Of course the German government never did anything to prosecute the murderers of the 3 women. Instead the German state used material of the organization that have organized the killings, the Turkish secret service MIT, in German court cases against leftwing Kurdish and Turkish activists. German state prosecuters call it “evidence”. 

neuss11m2.jpgDuring a raid against the Mezopotamien Publishing House and the Mir Multimedia music company, cops confiscated Kurdish/German dictionaries (image below), Kurdish translations of books from writers like for instance Tolstoij but also children’s books. The cops also confiscated books that were written by Abdullah Öcalan, who’s ideas are not dangerous, unless you want to keep the capitalistic and authoritarian state power of course. About 7 trucks full of confiscated books, cd’s, archives and studio equipment were transported away. 

Cevadê Mervanî of Mir Multimedia told Kurdish ANF News that they were able to enter the building only after the police left and added: “Everything has been confused. All shelves are empty. There were thousands of books and CDs here. It looks like after a robbery. Computers, studio equipment and even microphone stands have taken them with them. It is a painful sight. This policy is barbaric. “

Mervani added: “Hundreds of Kurdish artists have worked here. We tried to convey the Kurdish culture to the younger generation. We also think of ourselves as mediators between German and Kurdish society. What has been practiced here is a shame.”


Although even the scientific service of German parliament stated that the Turkish war of aggression against Afrin is in violation with international law, Germany is playing an active role in the Afrin war. The Turkish army is supplied with German arms manufacturer’s with the approval of the German government. Between December 18, 2017 and January 24, 2018 alone, the German government allowed 31 arms deals between German corporations and the Turkish army.  This all happened long after it was proven that the Turkish state supports ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra and Al Qaida jihadists with weapons and logistics. 

So there is a situation where the German government is actively involved in the Turkish war against Kurdish and other people in Northern Kurdistan (South-East of Turkey) and in Rojava (Northern Syria, Afrin) by supplying the Turkish army with tanks, many other weapons and ammunition. These are the weapons that are killing people in Afrin right now. But that isn’t enough for the German government. German cops and state prosecuters are oppressing every kind of protest against the Afrin war in Germany and by confiscating even children’s books and dictionaries they are even trying to destroy the Kurdish language and culture. Erdogan’s wishlist is long and there seems no wish that the German ministery of interior is not willing to fulfill. Germany has a long tradition of destroying cultures and religions but seems to have forgotten about that. 

The complicity of German corporations and authorities in the killing in Afrin will bring the war back to Germany, the place where the war actually started at the moment the German weapons were produced and shipped to Turkey. It’s just a matter of time, no state can support a war on this level and think that the very same war won’t affect them at home. It seems that bringing the war to Germany is the only way to try to stop the support for Erdogan. First calls are going round and people should be aware that these calls came long after the German government (and others) decided to actively support Erdogan’s regime and it’s murderers. 

Defend Afrin!

Read also: Solidarity Action for #Afrin: #Antifa Enternasyonal T-Shirts – Profits go to Heyva Sor

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