Germany has declared a ban on two publishing firms for allegedly being connected to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The ban towards Mezopotamien Publishing and MIR Multimedia was once introduced on Tuesday simply hours after German government carried out raids on their premises within the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony.
They used the “disguise of publishing companies” to profit the PKK, which Germany banned as a “terrorist” staff in 1993, the ministry stated.
“[The groups] used their income to sustainably further the activities of the terrorist organisation in Germany and Europe. This systematically undermined the effects of the ban on the PKK,” the ministry stated.
The website online of Mezopotamien Publishing marketed Kurdish political texts, together with by way of jailed PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan, whilst the website of MIR Multimedia stated it basically promoted Kurdish song.
Kurdish group NAV-DEM condemned the transfer to prohibit the teams with its director Tahir Kocer announcing the German govt was once furthering an strive by way of the Turkish govt to obliterate Kurdish identification.
About 3 million other people with Turkish roots, lots of them ethnic Kurds, are living in Germany making them the most important immigrant staff within the nation.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a lingering row with Berlin, has accused Germany of doing too little to crack down on his combatants, together with the PKK.
Tens of 1000’s killed
The separatist PKK is indexed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The PKK has waged a decades-long armed struggle towards the Turkish state that has resulted within the deaths of tens of 1000’s of other people.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stated “because the PKK is still active despite the ban in Germany, it is necessary to put the PKK in its place and enforce the law”.
The ministry stated the PKK is “by far the largest foreign extremist organisation in Germany” with an estimated 14,500 fans.
German regulation enforcement introduced 1000’s of lawsuits towards the PKK, prosecuted greater than 90 other people since 1992, and banned about 50 PKK-linked teams, the ministry stated.