Investigation against journalists asking about Öcalan


Bilal Güldem and Zuhal AtlanInvestigations have been launched against journalists Bilal Güldem and Zuhal Atlan for the questions they asked their guests on their show about Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Journalists Güldem and Atlan have gave their depositions in the Diyarbakır Security Directorate Anti-terror Unit as part of the investigation launchedi n the Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office.


An investigation was launched against Güldem with the allegation “terrorist propaganda” for a question he asked guests about Öcalan on his weekly show Rojev (Agenda). An investigation was also launched against one of the guests Solidarity with Dungeons Initiative Co-Spokesperson Mehmet Temizyüz with the same allegation of terrorist propaganda, while it’s not clear whether a summary was prepared against the other guest HDP Amed MP Feleknas Uca.

Another investigation was launched against journalist Zuhal Atlan, host of the weekly Mor Panorama (Purple Panorama) broadcast on the 1HaberVar Platform. Atlan is under investigation for asking a question about Öcalan to Democratic Regions Party (Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi – DBP) Amed Province Co-Chair Ruken Akça, with the allegation of “praising crime and/or criminals”, for which she has given a deposition.

Atlan’s guest Ruken Akça also gave a deposition as part of an investigation against her for alleged “terrorist propaganda”.


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KNK statement on Turkish invasion in South Kurdistan


turkey-kurdistan-cukurca-borderThe Turkish army has launched an invasion attempt in Southern Kurdistan by sending forces to the Haci Beg River, Gelîyê Reşo and the Siro Mountain.

The invading Turkish army and village guards have launched an invasion attempt in Southern Kurdistan last night at 22.00 Turkish time from Hakkari’s Şemdinli district and the outpost in the Mavan village therein, by airdropping soldiers to the Haci Beg River, Gelîyê Reş, the surroundings of Siro Mountain and the Bermize village in Diyana/Iraq.

The Turkish army and the village guards in Gerdiya, Şemdinli have crossed the border from the Mavan Outpost in the Mavan village in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari and launched an invasion attempt in the Adilbeg region in Southern Kurdistan.

Local sources report that Turkish soldiers started crossing the Haci Beg River from the Mavan Outpost tonight at 22.00. Simultaneously with the

soldiers crossing the river, helicopters were sent to the Kani Reş Well, close to the Siro Mountain and the Bermize village in Diyana.

Simultaneously, jet fighters launched aerial attacks on in the vicinity of the Avdal Kovi Mountain in Xakurke, the Siro Mountain and Gelîyê Reş, while Kobra-type helicopters carried out an intense bombing in Deşta Heyate.

Local sources say the soldiers crossing the border and the dispatched soldiers have reached the higher part of the Bermize village, they went up to the summit of Siro Mountain and are planning to turn the summit into a coordination centre.

The Bermize village had recently been bombed by Turkish jet fighters, one villager’s car was targeted and the villager in question lost his life.

  • We call on western and regional governments to demand that the Turkish government puts an immediate halt to the Turkish military invasion! 
  • And we call on all international democratic and progressive forces to support our call for an immediate end to the Turkish government’s dirty war against the Kurdish people.


KNK Executive Committee

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KNK Statement On massacre in the Refuge Camp (Şehîd Rustem) of Mexmûr city (Iraq-Kurdistan)


sehid-rustem-cudi-camp-massacreThe Şehîd Rustem Cûdî Camp of Mexmûr city came under a missile attack on 6 December at 18:45 with the local time. According to a statement by the Camp’s Assembly, five people (member of the local self-defence units) has been killed and three wounded.

Accommodating around 12.000 refugees, the Camp has since the 1990s been under the protection of the United Nations (UN). The people who came in had neither a place to settle in no a protector to rely on. On the arid hillside of Mexmûr city, lacking the most basic condition of living, they had to rig up an encampment. Putting a significant amount of labour and dedication, they finally managed to turn the desert situation into a green place distinguishable from its surrounding areas.

The mobilisation level of the population enabled them to turn the Camp into a place they would call home, all the hardships and shortcomings notwithstanding. They established municipality, assembly, commune, education infrastructure, and hospital. In addition to the rest of requirements necessary for the maintenance of life, they took measures to provide for their own safety and security.

It did not take long for the Camp to attract the attention of the Turkish state who has taken every single opportunity to target it for dispersion and annihilation. Until now, however, Turkish authorities have not reached their self-assigned goal. It was the Camp inhabitants who put up a gallant resistance to such a wave of target.

Very lately, in the summer of 2014, the Camp was targeted by the brutal ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) for annihilation. Its inhabitants, supported by the HPG (Kurdish People Defence Forces) and YJA-Star (Kurdish Free Women Union), showed a historic resistance to ultra-conservative jihadists, liquidating them in a short period of time.

The Camp became subject on Wednesday, 6 December, to a missile attack. This is the first time that the Camp is coming under such an aerial assault, which should not be seen as trivial.  After the independence referendum of 25 September in the Kurdistan Region (KRG), the Baghdad government with its Turkish and Iranian counterparts merged into an ominous coalition which involved a number of military drills carried out to threaten the people of Kurdistan.

            As part of all this, it has been a long time that the Baghdad government has blocked the Kurdistan Region’s airspace, taking a full control of it. It is clear that the perpetrator of the attack has been hateful of the Camp’s inhabitants. The perpetrator is obviously the Turkish state.

First of all, the Baghdad government is responsible for the provision of the Camp’s security and it has to provide a clear statement explaining how this attack has been launched. Moreover, the Şehîd Rustem Cûdî Camp has been under the supervision, administration and security of the United Nations. Therefore, the latter has to conduct a research on the attack to find out about the truth, and in order to prevent further threats, it should take precautionary measures.

We, as the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), do strongly condemn this attack and call upon the Baghdad government, the United Nations (UN) as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to exhume the facts about the assault and take necessary measures for the provision of the Camp’s security.

Years of experiences have proved that behind these sorts of vicious attacks stand the occupying powers of Kurdistan. Owing to this, the burden of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the KRG to initiate an extensive investigation to find out about the truth. In this critical and sensitive juncture, the foes of Kurdistan, on the one hand, want to unleash provocation among our people subjecting them to further suffering and to deepen the current crisis and, on the other hand, fan the flames of discord and antagonism among the Kurdish population.

In this sensitive time, the KNK urges the people of Kurdistan to stand up for themselves and their homeland, stay alert to the traps being set by the occupiers of Kurdistan, and to stand united among themselves to neutralise our foes’ collusions.

Once again, the KNK does strongly denounce this brutal attack and its perpetrators, extending its condolences to the families of the fallen, the inhabitants of Şehîd Rustem Cûdî Camp, and the people of Kurdistan, and hoping a timely recovery for the wounded.


The Leading Council of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

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“Alevis face threat of a massacre”


maras-massacre39 years ago, the Turkish state committed a great massacre in Maraş through the racist Nationalist Movement Party. Kurdish Alevis in Maraş had their homes set on fire and more than 100 people including children and the elderly were killed. The first constituent congress of the PKK was held on November 27, 1978, and the Maraş Massacre was on December 24-25, 1978. Documents that surfaced later and speeches by some politicians confirmed that the massacre was a state plot to prevent the development of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. It has been 39 years since the massacre, but the Turkish state’s Kurdish and Alevi policies have not changed. The threat and danger of massacres against Alevis continue. On the 39th anniversary of the Maraş Massacre, ANF spoke with KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Peoples and Faiths Committee Member Cihan Eren about the Maraş Massacre and animosity against Alevis.


Cihan Eren stated that there is no difference for Alevis between the Ottoman Empire and its successor the Republic of Turkey, and that the hypocrisy in Kemalists using the Alevis as a symbol for themselves in their policies to prove that “the Republic of Turkey is secular and democratic” hasn’t waned. Eren said the state has incorporated a section of Alevis under the name “Bektaşi” into the state and used them in propaganda that “Atatürk’s Republic is also a state for the Alevis”.

Eren stated that the Kemalists committed the largest Alevi massacre, that started with the Koçgirî Massacre, in Dersim and added that this goal has not changed in any of the coup d’etats including September 12.

Cihan Eren pointed out the Eastern Reformation Plan and stated that Alevi Kurds were chosen as a strategic target in the policy to end Kurds, with the decree that “Alevis who live on the border of Kurdistan and Turkey need to be destroyed or in the least assimilated”. Eren stressed the following phrase in the Public Inspector’s report: “As long as we don’t destroy the Alevis, it is impossible for Kurds to become Turkified.”


KCK Peoples and Faiths Committee Member Cihan Eren stated that the September 12 coup aimed to continue the policies for the denial and annihilation of Kurds and that the gateway to Kurdistan for this policy to Kurdistan was Maraş. “The state carried out this massacre both to enact a coup and to give a message,” said Eren and added: “The message was, ‘Don’t rebel! If you get close to the Kurdish Freedom Movement, if you rebel, we will destroy you all.’”

Eren also stated that the state hasn’t given up on wanting to use Alevis as tools in their own policies and continued: “Like the Kemalists used Alevis through secularism, the AKP now wants to defend the Turkish-Islamic synthesis through nationalism and prolong itself through that. In the past the state used Alevis to keep the Sunni Muslims under control – they formed paramilitary forces within the Sunni population through targeting the Alevis. They formed the nationalist organizations.”


Eren pointed out that AKP and CHP have shared duties in the Turkish state’s Alevi policies and said the following on the role of each party: “AKP pushes Alevis towards the CHP through oppression and religious rhetoric, thus trying to prevent the Alevis from becoming a constituent of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. They don’t want Alevis as a force in the political arena. While CHP is trying to keep Alevis in their side through the ‘secular’ rhetoric. The policies against Alevis are extensive. Violence, assimilation, fear, forced migration and pushing people to one party in the system are state policies.”


KCK Peoples and Faiths Committee Member Eren stated that the AKP’s anti-Alevi policies are controlled and sophisticated, and continued: “In the past, because there was no other power the CHP could openly and easily abuse Alevis. There were Alevis who thought of themselves as owners of the Republic and who bought into CHP’s policies for a long time. Some groups within the Turkish left also had a role in the abuse of some groups. CHP was confident in this matter, but the AKP isn’t. AKP is coming at the Alevis in a very deliberate and controlled way. For instance, they settle different groups in Alevi areas and fragments them. They fragment Alevi organizations or they take them under their control. They discriminate among Alevis and Kurds. They use all these against the Kurdish Freedom Movement. They are carrying out a very controlled attack against Alevis.”


Eren stated that the Turkish state has produced policies called “Alevi openings” through the AKP and the CHP, and stressed that Alevis need to see into this policy of deception. Cihan Eren also pointed out the lack of organization and the dispersed nature of the Alevis in this period and said: “Alevis are experiencing the most dispersed time in their history. The reason why Alevis have been quiet and reactionless in this period is this policy of the AKP. Another reason is that some Alevis still don’t see the truth of the CHP.”


KCK Peoples and Faiths Committee Member Eren stated that fascists marking the houses of Alevis shows that the threat against Alevis continues: “It is significant that the houses of Alevis are being marked at such a critical time. It wasn’t just in Kurdistan, houses of Kurdish Alevis have been marked in the Aegean region and Istanbul as well. Alevis must see this policy. The people who make these markings are paramilitary forces under the AKP. They have been organized to intervene in areas the AKP is losing control in critical periods. Like the Kemalists used to risk massacring Alevis to carry out coups, the AKP now uses these paramilitary forces in a different way to prolong their stay in power.”


Cihan Eren mentioned Erdoğan’s aggression in his nationalist and sectarian speeches and said the following on how the Alevis need to stay aware: “Especially Alevis within the CHP are experiencing this unaware state. The policies against Alevis are systemmic and they stem from the state. Alevis should not act with the mind of the CHP. Alevis won’t be safe from this situation as long as they don’t take a stance against both the CHP and state parties. Alevis know the AKP more or less, but the one that developed the culture of a lack of fight-back is the CHP.”


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Opposition commander: Turkey is sending ISIS groups to Idlib


Abu Umar Al-IdlibiIn an interview with ANHA News Agency, Liwa Al Shamal commander Abu Umar Al-Idlibi said that Sultan Murat and Jabhat Al-Shamiya have handed over 200 imprisoned ISIS members to the Turkish military in the occupied area north of Aleppo. Turkey then transferred them to Idlib and aims to use them against northern Syria.

Al-Idlibi accused Turkey of bringing ISIS members to Idlib to legitimize its future invasion of the region.

“Turkey is now the safest shelter for these militias. Antep, Antakya and Karahan are practically their bases. The states in the region are well aware of this”, Al-Idlibi said.

The commander further pointed out that the Turkish state wanted to displace and expel the region’s population, especially the people of Efrîn.

According to Al-Idlibi, since Turkey was now helping ISIS gangs cross into Idlib after failing to have its attack plan against Efrîn approved.

Liwa Al Shamal commander added: “This country is ours. Our goal is to build a colorful and democratic Syria on the basis of co-existence and justice.”


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Petition against relocation of monuments in Hasankeyf continues


ilisu-dam-hasankeyfThe petition addresses two companies Er-Bu İnsaat Company in Turkey and Bresser Eurasia BV in the Netherlands. The two companies will be carrying out the operation of relocation monuments in Hasankeyf, a historic district of Batman province.

With the construction of Ilisu Dam, the city center of Hasankeyf will be buried under water along with several historical monuments.

Having already relocated Hasankeyf’s Zeynel Bey Tomb in mid-May, the Turkish government plans to relocate 8 other monuments in Hasankeyf. Activists oppose the relocation and want the project to be halted immediately.

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive launched a petition to be sent to two company which will carry out the relocation of monuments.

The text of the petition reads:

“Dear Mr. Tunç, Mr. Çetin and Mr. Bresser,

We demand in the strongest possible terms that you withdraw immediately from the project to relocate several monuments in the antique town of Hasankeyf in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey.

Hasankeyf and the surrounding Tigris Valley are planned to be flooded by the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project. It would lead to grave social, cultural and ecological impacts in a larger region which has endured poverty and forced displacement for decades. Almost all 80.000 affected people and regional society reject the dam, which would not benefit them at all. It would violate also the right to access to water in Iraq, which relies substantially on the Tigris, and it would threaten the Mesopotamian Marshes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Without your consulting and implementing role, the DSI, acting on behalf of the Turkish government, would not be able to relocate up to 9 monuments in Hasankeyf to a new site. Since the revival of the Ilisu Project in 2005, the relocation of monuments has been a crucial element of the government’s untenable propaganda that Hasankeyf would be rescued through the Ilisu Project. The completion of the relocation is a precondition for the flooding.

Thus it is unacceptable that you reduce your role to technical implementation! Hasankeyf is such an outstanding site that its conservation would be economically more beneficial than the Ilisu Project. Hasankeyf would fulfil 9 of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Criteria if Turkey applied to UNESCO.

Neither the DSI nor your two firms have ever tried to consult any local people or organizations regarding the relocation project. There is absolutely no transparency. Despite being well-known specialists in historic preservation, you do not take into account that the affected monuments are fundamental elements of Hasankeyf, which is an integral whole comprising both immovable and intangible heritage. The integral nature of the Hasankeyf socio-economic ecosystem, including the villages of the hinterland, forms a strong part of the identity of people in Hasankeyf and the surrounding region. The DSI and also you have violated universal human rights, which are affirmed by international standards, including the Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe (CETS 121) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, both of which mandate the systematic and substantive consultation of local populations in such projects.

If you want to step back from being part of destroying outstanding cultural heritage, you could withdraw from the relocation project by referring to these breaches of international standards. It is still not too late for you!”

The petition can be signed online on this web address:


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PKK’s Karayılan: Turkish army can’t fight against the YPG


karayilan6In an interview with Radio Dengê Welat, PKK Executive Committee member Karayılan said that Turkey has no strength to attack Efrîn citing Turkish army’s operation against 70 YPS fighters which lasted more than 9 months.

“They make it seem like the Turkish state will enter Efrîn in an instant if they attack Efrîn. The whole world should know that the Turkish army doesn’t have such strength. There is no such situation. The people of Efrîn and everybody should know that this army couldn’t enter Şirnex for 9 months, couldn’t enter Nusaybin for 9 months. The Turkish army has come down with Nusaybin syndrome. How could they enter Efrîn immediately? 60-70 YPS guards defended Nusaybin. This army failed to enter Bab, they only could enter with Russian help. They dealt with Bab for 3 months and they couldn’t enter. They were left powerless. They make it seem like they could enter Efrîn any time they want. In Efrîn the YPG/YPJ has experience, there is the SDF. There have been such diverse experiences. They defeated ISIS when nobody could go near them. They took the capital of ISIS. The Turkish army can’t fight against the YPG. If the people and the YPG are united, they can’t handle them. If they come they will lose. They will experience a historic defeat. They will come and see. They have threats, they can come and prove it” Karayılan said.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

“We believe that the patriotic people of Efrîn will stand with the fighters with their courage, sacrifice and their experience and nobody will be able to handle them. The Turkish army for sure won’t be able to take it over. They will be broken. That is apparent. How can a force that couldn’t enter Nusaybin for 9 months enter Efrîn? There are such a large group of forces in Efrîn, there are so many patriotic people. There are the Arab people. There is the resistance of peoples. Faced with the resistance of peoples, fascist Tayyip Erdoğan’s threats won’t prevail. But there is this, they are trying to create a psychology in people, they are engaged in psychological warfare. They make it seem like they are so strong. Now they are at Russia’s feet, so Russia will approve their entrance. So they can fight and fly their planes. They are depending completely on Russia. If the Turkish state attacks Efrîn, that will mean that Russia also approves of that. Without approval from Russia and the US, Turkey is nothing. Russia greenlighted Bab to get gangs out of Aleppo. We don’t know what Russia will ask for in return if they greenlight the attack on Efrîn. But Turkey could do anything. That could be expected of Tayyip Erdoğan. I said Erdoğan is a salesman. He could do anything to make people forget about his thievery and to prevent his collapse. He could even put his honor up for sale. These people are like this. That is why one should expect anything from them, but should not fear. If they come, they will get their answer.”


“If such a situation does emerge, I believe that all Kurds and all the public will come together around Efrîn. Efrîn won’t be alone. There will be a great strength behind it. Like the support behind Kobanê was strong, there will be a great force behind Efrîn. The whole world will support this. History will be made there again. That is our hope and our belief. With this hope and belief, we salute the people of Efrîn. We expect great things from them, and they are candidates for making history. The forces there issue statements that fit this framework. We can see that they will prevail. How do we know? From practice. The practice of Turkey and the Turkish army is known. They can’t just go in and take over. They don’t have the strength for it. On the other hand, the status of Rojava Kurdistan and the resistance of YPG-YPJ militants are also known. Comparing these, we can say that the Turkish state will experience a great rupture when they go there.”


On midnight December 14, there was an intense bombing by jet fighters on Xakurke. Aerial attacks started first in Geliyê Reş, Kaniya Reş, Evdalkovî and Desta Heyatê. Then there was an invasion attempt against areas under Southern Kurdistan sovereignty officially, known as the Southern Kurdistan territories. Now there are the Siro Hill and Mavan skirts in Deşta Heyatê. They entered those areas, but there are no guerillas there. It’s not high ground, it’s like a plateau. So it’s on the Xakurkê side, but it’s not Xakurkê. But the enemy bombed Xakurkê out of fear, and in the meantime they advanced their soldiers on that plain. They are holding the Siro Hill. It was empty in any case. There were no guerilla forces there. That’s the deal. It’s not clear if this will expand and spread into Xakurkê as an operation. If they turn towards Xakurkê, there will undoubtedly be great resistance. There will be war. It’s not that easy, or possible for that matter, to enter Xakurkê. There will be a great war. But now they are close. They passed Geliyê Reş and the Heci Beg river, they arrived and are holding that area. That is a hill in the South. According to rumors among the people, the Southern Kurdistani and Iraqi governments are aware of the situation, and they haven’t reacted at all. That might very well be true. Why did they come and hold this hill? This hill is on a triangle. To hold the whole region, all entrances and exits under control over the South line, to control all movement.


The Turkish state and the AKP-MHP government are at their worst period. Their Rojava policies haven’t amounted to anything. Their Middle East policies have collapsed in general. The core of their Middle Eastern policies was anti-Kurdishness. And they failed at that. They had geared their policies towards Kurds not achieving any status in the process of change and transformation in the whole region. They even wanted to clamp on the status in Southern Kurdistan and weaken it. This is not the first time we are talking about this. We have been saying these things for the last 4-5 years. Look, some opportunities came along, the Southern Kurdistan politics had some mistakes, the Turkish state intervened immediately, they went to Iran and Iraq and formed an alliance. They did all that they could to weaken the status of Southern Kurdistan.

“The Turkish state sees their success in the defeat of the Kurds’ gains. Despite that, if you go to their feet that doesn’t mean anything. There is no place for such acts in politics. As it is known, they employ the same oppositional politics against Rojava as well. As we said before, they employed the same policies in Cizre and Silopi too. Now they employ the same policies everywhere. But they have been defeated. They have lost against Rojava. From the beginning, they used Al-Nusra and the groups who called themselves the “Free Syrian Army”. Until 2014. They were defeated. Then they deployed ISIS, which has also been defeated. Now they come out themselves. With gangs under their control. Everybody knows that they don’t constitute a will, they are agents, they are mercenaries and paramilitary forces.”

“The Turkish state failed in their Middle East policies, in Syria, against Kurds, in the North, in Rojava. Their policies against Kurds and Kurdistan have failed. Now they are attempting to cover up their defeat and their thievery with an operation. Why? See, now there is the Reza Zarrab case in the US. This case is about Tayyip Erdoğan in particular. The crimes and the thievery of Tayyip Erdoğan and his network can be seen clearly. The AKP and Tayyip Erdoğan are deeply afraid of this.”


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4-year-old hit by Turkish police in İdil in the ICU


child-hit-by-turkish-police-umitA civilian vehicle used by the police hit 4-year-old boy Umut Ö. in the Aşağı neighborhood in Şırnak’s Idil district Sunday at noon. Umut is currently in the ICU in an induced coma.

Umut Ö. was ran over by the police vehicle and was taken to the district public hospital first, later to be transferred to the Cizre Public Hospital. By the evening, he was transferred to a private hospital in Batman.

The family spoke about their child’s situation and said that Umut was playing in front of their home when a civilian police vehicle ran him over, causing a serious head injury. Umut is being treated in the ICU with swelling in the frontal cortex and liquid in his lungs. He has been put in an induced coma.


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RSF: Turkey is the biggest prison for journalists


freedom of speech_In its 2017 annual report RSF criticized Turkey for arresting journalists and said that the country is the biggest prison for professional journalists.

According to the report, 42 reporters and one media worker are behind bars in Turkey.

Syria (24), Iran (23) and Vietnam (19) were the other top five jailers of journalists.

“Criticising the government, working for a ‘suspect’ media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or even just using an encrypted messaging service all constitute grounds for jailing journalists on terrorism charges,” the report said.

Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists with 12 reporters killed. Mexico follows the war-torn country with 11 journalists assassinated.

Of the 65 killed journalists in the world, the report said 39 were murdered, while the rest died in the line of duty — collateral victims of deadly circumstances likes air strikes or suicide bombings.


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German court decides against YPG flag ban


justiceAachen District Court said that the issue of a penalty order for the use of “symbols of a prohibited association or its replacement organization” is rejected and refused to sentence a person who set YPG flag as a profile picture on December 11, 2017.

The court referred to the decision by German Federal Government’s statement in April 2017 which said that flags of the People’s and Women’s Defense Units YPG and YPJ in Syria are not strictly prohibited.

German government banned Kurdish symbols, including posters of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and YPG and YPJ flags in March 2017.


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