Thousands of Kurds protest against Erdogan in Cologne

September 3, 2016 19:27

COLOGNE - About 25,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated peacefully in Cologne on Saturday against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, chanting in German, "neither military coup nor civilian dictatorship."

Many demonstrators carried posters portraying Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, and is banned in Germany.

Ocalan, who has been held in prison by Turkey since 1999, has not been heard from since the failed July 15 coup. A group of Kurdish politicians and activists in Turkey have said they will start a hunger strike next week to demand the right to visit Ocalan, who has been kept in isolation since peace talks between the PKK and the government collapsed last year.

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