The German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere banned pictures of the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan and also the logo of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), local media reported on Friday.
The German government banned the YPG logo and pictures of Abdullah Ocalan, which are often used in protests by Kurdish youth. The ban includes 33 symbols, including that of the PKK and its suborganizations.
The YPG is considered one of the main allies to the US-led coalition in the fight against ISIS in northern Syria.
According to the German media, the ban is a gesture to the Turkish government.
Ankara has criticized the German government for not doing enough against the PKK and has also compared the German government to the Nazis, after Germany banned campaigning for the April referendum in Turkey.
Berlin has dismissed the allegations by Turkey and has pointed out that the PKK is banned in Germany as a terrorist organization.
The PKK was banned in Germany on 22 November 1992. There have been several court cases against supporters of the PKK for using PKK flags in protests. Moreover, Germany has imprisoned several PKK members for fund raising and activities.
“Unfortunately, we are used to such things from Germany. They are always victimising and sacrificing the Kurds for their interests. There is a pressure from Turkey on Germany, but the best way is to defend the democracy instead of limiting the rights of others,” Adem Uzun, the executive member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) in Europe told ARA News.
“To ban the YPG logo will only make ISIS and Dictator Erdogan happy and harm the German’s understanding of tolerance. I hope the German population and policymakers will stand against this decision because it is still a policy from the ’90s. Things have changed and Kurds have become an actor in Middle East. It is even the time for German policy to change,” Uzun said.
“Germany has to be in contact with all Kurds,” he concluded.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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