11/5 German police clash with Kurdish protesters in Düsseldorf

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

German police clashed with Kurdish demonstrators protesting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the western city of Düsseldorf on Saturday. The violence erupted when police warned protesters to take down banners of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). When the warnings were ignored, police moved in to remove illegal banners and stop the march. Twelve police officers were injured in clashes. Police responded with pepper spray and detained nine people. Two protesters were injured. Around 6,000 people attended the march through the center of the city, with some chanting “Down with fascism,” “Freedom for Ocalan” and “Long live leader Apo,” the nickname used by PKK supporters for Ocalan.

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