Shortly before the 27th anniversary of the PKK ban, PKK-related organizations call for nationwide demonstrations. They demand an end to the classification as a terrorist organization and a decriminalization of functionaries.
Against the existing ban on the terrorist organization PKK in Germany, numerous leftist and PKK-related groups are planning a nationwide demonstration on November 21. The action begins one week before the anniversary of the PKK ban.
The appeal in an anonymous blog complains that more and more PKK functionaries in Germany are being accused and convicted of membership in a criminal and terrorist organization. The “thousands of court cases, hundreds of arrests and raids” are “systematic intimidation attempts” by the German government, it says. The organizers called on all leftist movements to support the PKK.
The exact locations and times of the demonstrations have not yet been announced by the organizers. Among others, the “Interventionist Left”, numerous district associations of the party “Die Linke”, the “Rote Hilfe” as well as PKK-related associations from Cologne are involved.
Although the PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by the USA and the EU, the group’s activities in Germany are not always followed with sufficient determination. In addition, PKK-related groups can attain a largely legal status and thus carry out propaganda, recruitment and fundraising campaigns unnoticed. In Germany, the extent of these activities was most recently revealed in the Federal Intelligence Service’s report on the protection of the constitution.
In the PKK’s terror campaign, which has lasted for over 40 years, 40,000 people were killed, including women and children. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the USA. The leader Abdullah Ocalan has been imprisoned since 1999.