Turkey's European Union minister slams Germany allowing PKK march

Mar 20, 2017, 00:35
Turkey's European Union minister slams Germany allowing PKK march

Turkey condemned the gathering as "unacceptable" and accused Germany of hypocrisy for allowing it.

"The German ambassador was invited - was summoned - to the Foreign Ministry and this was condemned in the strongest way", he said.

Police in Frankfurt, where hundreds of officers were deployed to the event, described the protest as peaceful and said on Twitter that most of the demonstrators had complied with German laws, adding: "We want to guarantee they can exercise their fundamental rights".

The PKK has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 that has killed over 40,000 people. "Why are they protecting them?"

Erdogan has accused Germany and the Netherlands of behaviour reminiscent of Nazi Germany, while Berlin has in turn expressed revulsion at his comments.

Kalin said Germany was treating terrorists as "legitimate actors", while claiming it was "dangerous" for Turkey's elected representatives to meet with their constituents.

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The Turkish government blames Gulen's network of followers in the military for the putsch in July, when a group of rogue soldiers seized tanks, helicopters and war planes to attack parliament and attempt to overthrow the government.

Turkey accuses Gulen of heading a group called the Fethullah Terror Organisation (FETO) which masterminded the coup with the aim of ousting Erdogan from power.

Tensions are already running high between Berlin and Ankara after German authorities refused to allow some Turkish ministers to campaign in the country for a "yes" vote in the April 16 referendum that would hand Erdogan an executive presidency.

Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since 1999, has denied the allegations. Critics say it would give him too much power.

Erdogan, who was speaking at a meeting of an Islamic foundation, said the reporter, Deniz Yucel of Germany's Die Welt newspaper, would be tried by Turkey's independent judiciary.

He was initially detained after he reported on emails that a leftist hacker collective had purportedly obtained from the private account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and Erdogan's son-in-law.