Thousands of Kurds in Germany stage anti-Erdogan protest

Thousands of Kurds in Germany stage anti-Erdogan protest
Some 30,000 Kurds rallied against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cologne, Germany, September 3, 2016. Photos: REUTERS/Wolfg
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COLOGNE, Germany – Several thousand Kurds and supporters demonstrated on Saturday (September 3) against the politics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the German city of Cologne.

According to the police, some 25,000 people met at the rally to protest Turkey's military intervention into northern Syria and what the organizers called the "dictatorial" behavior of Erdogan.

Police said over 1,000 officers were deployed in the streets of Cologne to maintain order.

Many of the demonstrators carried flags with the image of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

City police chief Juergen Mathies told the German news agency DPA that images of Ocalan were allowed but symbols of the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers' Party, were not.

In July, Germany's Constitutional Court blocked Erdogan from addressing around 40,000 of his supporters rallying in Cologne.

Germany is home to about 3 million people of Turkish origin, and roughly one in four are ethnic Kurds.

(Reuters)