Because of proximity to the PKK: Seehofer prohibits two Kurdish organizations

Because of proximity to the PKK
:Seehofer bans two Kurdish organizations

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Police officers in front of a house in Neuss

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Berlin / Neuss –

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has banned two Kurdish associations, which are considered as part of the banned in Germany Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on Tuesday, the ban is directed against the “Mezopotamien Verlag und Vertrieb GmbH” and the “MIR Multimedia GmbH”. Both have their headquarters in Neuss, where the police raided offices in the morning and confiscated propaganda material and three vehicles. In Hanover, the police were at a bank because of the leasing contracts for two of these cars. The PKK has been banned in Germany since 1993.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called on Germany to wage a more determined fight against the PKK, a terrorist organization in Turkey and the EU. Seehofer said according to the announcement of his ministry: “Precisely because the PKK is still active despite the ban in Germany, it is necessary and imperative to put the PKK in its place and to ensure compliance with the legal system.”

The ministry also said that after a previous search of the business premises, the suspicion was confirmed that the business operations of the two associations alone served to maintain the organizational cohesion of the PKK. Under the disguise of publishing companies, all business activities would benefit exclusively the PKK. “With their economic returns, the opportunities for action of the terrorist organization in Germany and Europe are sustainably strengthened. This systematically undermines the effects of the PKK ban. “

According to the North Rhine-Westphalian police about 60 officials were involved in the search of the office space in Neuss. There were no arrests. According to information from security circles, nobody resisted. According to the Ministry of Interior, the inventory of a warehouse in Opglabbeek, Belgium was also withdrawn. To the state could also fall the property that had been acquired in Neuss for the activities of the associations.

The Kurdish umbrella organization NAV-DEM (Democratic Kurdish Society Center of Germany) condemned the now pronounced prohibitions. Chairman Tahir Kcer said the Turkish state is trying to eradicate Kurdish identity. With the prohibition of the publishing house and the music distribution the federal government has now decided for a “continuation of this inhuman policy on German soil”. According to the association, thousands of books were confiscated during the raids on March 8, 2018.

The German-Turkish MP and Erdogan advisor Mustafa Yeneroglu told the German Press Agency that the ban was “overdue and welcome”. It has long been known that the associations were “part of the PKK structure in Germany.” Yeneroglu also demanded a ban on further PKK replacement organizations in Germany. In this context, he named, inter alia, the umbrella organization NAV-DEM.

PKK uses Germany as a refuge

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the PKK is Germany’s “most far-reaching extremist organization of foreigners” with around 14,500 supporters. She uses Germany as a “space of withdrawal, refinancing and recruitment”. The law enforcement authorities of the countries have therefore since 2004 “in a very high four-digit number” initiated criminal investigations with PKK reference.

The Attorney General (GBA) has reportedly identified in 180 cases with this reference. On charges of the GBA are since 1992 by the
Higher Regional Courts issued more than 70 judgments against functionaries of the PKK in Germany, with whom more than 90 defendants were convicted. In addition, since 1993, the federal and state authorities have banned another 52 organizations belonging to the PKK, the ministry said. In 2008, the Federal Ministry of the Interior had occupied the PKK television station Roj-TV with an operating ban for Germany. (AP)