Archiv für Juni 2017

Bundesregierung verbietet Erdogan-Auftritt

Die Bundesregierung wird eine Rede des türkischen Präsidenten Erdogan beim G20-Gipfel verbieten. „Wir teilen der Türkei mit, dass wir der Überzeugung sind, dass ein solcher Auftritt in Deutschland nicht möglich ist“, sagte Bundesaußenminister Gabriel.

Die Bundesregierung hat sehr schnell eine klare Linie gefunden: Es solle keinen Auftritt des türkischen Präsidenten Erdogan in Deutschland geben, so Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel. „Unser Land ist ein offenes Land. Aber wir haben nicht die Absicht, die innenpolitischen Konflikte in unsere Bevölkerung zu tragen – und für uns sind die Türkinnen und Türken Teil unserer Gesellschaft“, sagte der SPD-Politiker.

Und: „Wir teilen der Türkei mit, dass wir der Überzeugung sind, dass ein solcher Auftritt in Deutschland nicht möglich ist. Da gibt es verfassungsrechtliche Rechtssprechung, dass wir das auch können“, sagte Gabriel bei einem Staatsbesuch in Moskau.

Verbot ist angemessen

Angesichts der aktuellen Konflikte zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei halte er, so Gabriel, einen Auftritt Erdogans hierzulande für nicht angemessen. Diese Position sei mit Kanzlerin Angela Merkel abgestimmt.

Die Bundesregierung will in Sachen Auftritte ausländischer Politiker in Deutschland auch grundsätzlich tätig werden und es nicht nur beim Nein zu Erdogan belassen, so Gabriel: „Wir werden einen Schritt weitergehen. Ich habe der Bundeskanzlerin den Vorschlag gemacht, ganz generell auch eine geänderte Bewertung solcher Auftritte in Deutschland vorzunehmen“.

Konkret sollen alle Auftritte ausländischer Politiker drei Monate vor einer Wahl untersagt werden. Vertreter aus EU-Ländern sind hiervon ausgenommen.

Rückendeckung für Gabriel auf breiter Front

Gegen einen Auftritt Erdogans in Deutschland sprachen sich auch die Linken-Fraktionschefin Sahra Wagenknecht aus. Es sei inakzeptabel, dass Erdogan hier, so Wagenknecht, „für ein Regime wirbt, das Menschenrechte nicht achtet“. CSU-Generalsekretär Andreas Scheuer betont: „Türkische Innenpolitik hat auf deutschem Boden nichts verloren. Ein Auftritt von Erdogan muss verhindert werden“.

Der Dachverband der Türkische Gemeinde in Deutschland lehnt einen Auftritt Erdogans ebenfalls ab. Erdogan habe das Verhältnis zu Deutschland unter anderem durch seine Nazi-Vergleiche belastet, sagt der Bundesvorsitzende Gökay Sofuoglu

Tagesschau

Kein Auftritt für Erdogan in Deutschland!

Der türkische Präsident Erdogan hat einen offiziellen Antrag gestellt, um am Rande des G20-Gipfels in Hamburg in Deutschland vor Anhängern sprechen zu können. Die Kurdische Gemeinde Deutschland plädiert für ein Auftrittsverbot.

Der Vorsitzende der Kurdischen Gemeinde Deutschland, Ali Ertan Toprak, zum Auftrittswunsch Erdogans am Rande des G20 Gipfels: „Wer die Rechte der Minderheiten, der Opposition und die Menschenrechte in der Türkei mit Füßen tritt, darf in Deutschland keine Bühne für seine menschenverachtende Politik bekommen! Erdogan hetzt und spaltet die Menschen überall wo er auftritt. Der Diktator sollte von der freien Welt endgültig geächtet werden.“

Die Kurdische Gemeinde Deutschland begrüßt die ersten Äußerungen von Regierungsvertretern und einigen Parteivorsitzenden, Erdogan keine Bühne in Deutschland zu geben und fordert die Bundesregierung auf nicht von dieser Haltung abzurücken.

„Jeder Auftritt von Erdogan gefährdet den inneren Frieden und die innere Sicherheit Deutschlands“, so abschließend der Vorsitzende der Kurdischen Gemeinde.

Kurdische Gemeinde Deutschland e.V.

US shows readiness to support al-Raqqa Civil Council

Here is Erdoğan’s plan to invade Efrîn

The Turkish state has been on a busy schedule of meetings with Russia and Iran for the invasion of Efrîn and Shehba. Turkey is expected to attack the rural areas of Efrîn and the regime is planning to take positions in Efrîn, but if this doesn’t happen, they will refer to the UN Security Council Resolution No.2254 and declare Efrîn a “no-conflict zone”.

With his anti-Kurdish stance, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, planning an invasion operation on the Efrîn Canton and the Shehba region in Rojava/Northern Syria, is reported to have started negotiations with the Assad regime through Iran and Russia. A source from Damascus spoke to the ANF on the plans of the Turkish state and said: “After the Raqqa operation, the interests of Syria, Russia, Iran and Turkey will coincide up to a certain extent.”

DIRTY PLANS AGAINST THE KURDS

With his comments “Using all resources, the Republic of Turkey will never allow a state to be formed in Northern Syria,” Erdoğan signalled the attack plan on Efrîn and Shehba. A source who wishes to remain anonymous spoke to the ANF and stated that the Turkish state is negotiating through Russia and Iran to invade Efrîn.

ATTACK FROM TWO SIDES

The source said Turkey’s invasion operation has been relayed to the regime by Russia and Iran and that, according to the plan, “Turkey will use their allied gangs to attack the eastern part of Efrîn, Shehba, the Minix base and Til Rifat with the military dispatching they have made to the areas they invaded, and gangs in Idlib will attack Efrîn from the south.” And the Turkish forces are reportedly going to keep the area under constant fire.

PLAN TO FORCE EFRÎN’S SURRENDER TO THE REGIME

The source said Turkey will attempt to trap YPG/YPJ forces in Efrîn, and in the second phase of the plan, “the Regime and Russian forces will push to have forces in central Efrîn.” That way, Efrîn will be surrendered to the regime that Erdoğan screamingly dubs “Murderer Assad” for years.


ATTEMPT TO BASE IT ON UN RESOLUTION NO.2254

The source also talked about a second plan, in case the regime forces fail to enter the city: “In such a case, they are planning on including Efrîn in the ‘no-conflict zones’ in the Astana talks to be held in July with Turkey, Iran and Russia as guaranteers. They will refer to UN Security Council Resolution No.2254 and will try to alleviate international pressure.”

WHAT DOES THE UN RESOLUTION SAY?

The United Nations Security Council Resolution No.2254 was accepted on December 2015 unanimously and called for an urgent ceasefire and a political solution in Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran base the Astana talks, which they have held 4 times up to date, on this resolution. In the fourth meeting held in May, they agreed on 6 to 8 areas to be ‘no-conflict zones’ in Syria. One of these ‘no-conflict’ zones is Idlîb.

GANGS UP FOR NEGOTIATIONS AGAIN

The source had informed us of the anti-Kurdish talks between Iran and Turkey in Algeria in April 2016 as well at the time, and now they state that Turkey has “promised to change the anti-Assad stance and promised support” for the abolition of the gang organizations in Idlîb as part of the new plan.

LIKE THE BAB-ALEPPO NEGOTIATIONS

Erdoğan had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on August 9 after the Russian jet was downed by Turkey, and they had agreed to evacuate Aleppo in return for the operation titled “Euphrates Shield”. Putin later admitted to these negotiations and called them “a Bab for Aleppo”.

DOUBTS IN THE PLAN

Efrîn has a population of 1.5 million, 200.000 of whom are refugees. There are claims that in the attacks on Efrîn, the people will be made to migrate to Aleppo. The talks have been held with Russia mainly, said our source, and added: “The biggest doubt is that with Efrîn’s ten thousands-strong defense forces, the war will spread to a larger area, and what the US will think of this plan that aims to void the Raqqa operation as well.”

ANF

Militär – Türkische Truppen greifen kurdische Miliz in Syrien an

Das türkische Militär hat nach eigenen Angaben in der Nacht auf Mittwoch Ziele der kurdischen Miliz YPG im Norden Syriens zerstört.

Die Armee habe auf einen Angriff von kurdischen Kämpfern auf von der Türkei unterstützte Truppen reagiert, teilte sie mit. Die von den USA mit Waffen belieferte YPG habe südlich der syrischen Stadt Asas mit Maschinengewehren auf Einheiten der Freien Syrischen Armee (FSA) geschossen. Über Opfer bei dem Feuergefecht wurde zunächst nichts bekannt.

Die Türkei hatte sich vergangenen Monat verärgert darüber gezeigt, dass die USA die YPG im Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat in seiner letzten syrischen Hochburg Rakka mit Waffen versorgt hat. Die YPG ist im Kampf gegen die Extremistenmiliz in Syrien einer der wichtigsten Verbündeten der USA. Dies stößt in der Türkei auf Argwohn. Die Regierung in Ankara betrachtet die Miliz als verlängerten Arm der verbotenen Arbeiterpartei PKK, die in der Türkei selbst für mehr Autonomie für die Kurden kämpft. Die PKK wird auch von der EU und den USA als Terrorgruppe eingestuft.

Reuters

36 years in prison for Kurdish children trapped in Sur

Children trapped in Sur where genocidal attacks continued for 104 days have been sentenced to a cumulative of 36 years in prison. Pieces of shrapnel removed from the children’s bodies were listed as “evidence”.

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The lawsuit filed against 11 children, 3 of them in pretrial detention, accusing them of “membership to a terrorist organization” has concluded. The children had been trapped during the genocidal attacks following the “curfew” declared on November 28, 2015 in Amed’s Sur district by the Turkish state and were rescued through the “life corridor” on March 3, 2016. The case was heard in Diyarbakır High Criminal Court for Minors, where arrestees Ö.S. and M.Ç. were present and F.Y. in Elazığ Type E Prison attended over the videoconferencing system SEGBİS. The prosecutor had asked for the arrested children’s release in the first hearing, but then in later hearings he asked for continued arrest.

The lawyers stated that the identification procedure on their clients was unlawful, and that the children and witnesses testified under duress and torture. The lawyers pointed out that the children’s battery and violence reports were present in the casefile. They stated that the gunshot and explosive residue found on the children’s clothes like Antimon, HDX and RDX was mere contamination from the environment due to the clashes and demanded expert witnesses be appointed by the court to ascertain that.

The children gave their defense via Kurdish interpreters and said they were trapped in Sur due to the clashes and they were not guilty, and demanded their release.

The court refused the lawyers’ appeal and announced the verdict. M.F.D., S.K., F.B., M.S.K and A.A., on trial without detention, received 2.5 years in prison each but the sentence was postponed, as the court took into consideration the facts that the children did not have criminal records and they were not likely to commit another crime. However, R.A., R.H. and Ş.A. accused of membership to a terrorist organization received 3 years and 4 months in prison each, and these sentences were not postponed. The court issued sentences of 4 years 5 months and 10 days in prison for the arrested children F.Y. and M.Ç., and 5 years 4 months for Ö.S.

The court issued a total of 36 years 8 months and 20 days in prison for the 11 children. There were no reductions in sentences due to the “negative behavior” expressed by the children in court, and the court ruled for the continuation of their arrest.

It also come to light that the children had been tortured by the police officers in detention. 16 year old F.Y. had been taken out of Sur wounded and was arrested following his operation, and the 5 pieces of shrapnel removed from his body were listed as evidence, as they had “traces of strong explosives HMX, RDX and TNT”.

ANF

Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller.

Turkish officials don’t seem to realize that having more than a dozen lobbying firms not only is a waste of money due to unnecessary duplication—it is also a waste of the valuable time of several Turkish Embassy officials in Washington, D.C. These officials have to spend a lot of their time giving detailed instructions to these firms, reading their reports, commenting on them, meeting with them, forwarding their reports to the Foreign Ministry with lengthy explanations, and taking corrective action based on Ankara’s reaction. Unless such an intense and elaborate effort is made in working with so many lobbying firms, Turkish officials are simply wasting their country’s money!

I am happy that the Turkish government has decided to waste more of its money by agreeing to pay Brian Ballard’s firm, Ballard Partners, $1.5 million from May 15 to May 14, 2018. According to Ballard’s registration with the Justice Department, the firm will provide the Turkish government “with advocacy services relative to U.S.-Turkey bilateral relations.” The lobbying activities include “advising, counseling, and assisting [Turkey] in communications with US Government officials. Maintaining U.S. relations with this important NATO partner.”

Brian Ballard is the longtime lobbyist for President Donald Trump as the representative of the Trump Organization in Tallahassee, Fla. He raised $16 million for Trump’s presidential campaign while serving as his state finance chairperson and later as vice chairperson of the President’s inaugural committee.

Ballard issued a statement asserting that he “still speaks to Trump on occasion.” Susie Wiles, who was introduced by Ballard to Trump during the campaign, served as Trump’s Florida campaign manager. She is now working for Ballard Partners.

Ballard also hired former Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) to be in charge of the Turkish lobbying account. As co-chair of the Congressional Turkey Caucus, Congressman Wexler actively lobbied and voted against a proposed House Armenian Genocide resolution on Oct. 10, 2007. His new job is his reward for staunchly supporting Turkey in Congress for years!

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ballard’s first interaction with Trump occurred several years ago when he wrote a letter to Trump after reading his book, Trump: The Art of the Deal, and Trump answered. Ballard wrote back stating: “if you ever have any issues in Florida, please don’t hesitate to call.” Trump called him after purchasing Mar-a-Largo in 1985, and paid Ballard at least $460,000 from 2013 to 2015 for lobbying work. Trump personally called Ballard asking for his help when he launched his presidential campaign. Ballard is now organizing a fundraising banquet for Trump on June 28. The cost is $35,000 per person and $100,000 to join the host committee.

Ballard makes no secret of his special connections with President Trump. “I would imagine if Hillary Clinton were elected I wouldn’t be here,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. Ballard said, “He doesn’t discuss how he works or his contacts with the president. He’s been spotted at the White House, however, and Trump maintains phone relationships with allies.”

In addition, the Turkish Embassy in Washington signed a contract with Burson-Marsteller for $1.1 million for the period May 1-Dec. 31. Ironically, from 2012 to 2015, Burson-Marsteller was doing lobbying work for the Alliance for Shared Values, a group tied to exiled Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Erdogan opposes and seeks his extradition from the US to Turkey. The Turkish government reportedly threatened Burson-Marsteller’s operations in Turkey if the firm continued to lobby for Gulen.

Burson-Marsteller is supposed to provide “integrated public relations services to support the [Turkish] Embassy’s communications objectives in the United States. Activities include media outreach, monitoring and analysis; event support; stakeholder engagement; social media counsel; and support for Turkish consulates in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.”

It is noteworthy that despite the millions of dollars spent by Turkey on more than a dozen high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, they could not counter the large number of news articles and wide TV coverage critical of the Turkish government for the attack on peaceful protesters by President Erdogan’s bodyguards in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in D.C., on May 16. This fact reinforces my firm belief that Turkey is wasting millions of dollars annually trying to cleanse its image in the U.S., which is further tarnished by the Turkish government’s brutal policies both at home and abroad.

The Armenian Weekly

Warrants Issued for Erdogan Goons, DC Officials Confirm

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The 14 Turkish citizens, some part of Erdogan’s security details, who are wanted by US officials

WASHINGTON—At a press conference Thursday, Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham announced that arrest warrants have been issued for 12 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and Turkish police officers in connection with the May 16 attack on peaceful protesters in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence, which resulted in serious injuries

The DC police announced that after an extensive investigation with the State Department s Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department, a total of 18 individuals have been charged or are facing charges stemming from the attack on May 16.

“The May 16th Erdogan-ordered attacks on peaceful protesters in Washington DC were not only a brutal assault on American citizens but on our fundamental first amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly,” Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America.

“We commend the efforts of Mayor Bowser, Chief Newsham and all the law enforcement agencies involved in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and look forward to continuing to work with them to identify all involved. Law enforcement is doing its part; now it’s time for the Trump Administration to take action and demand that Turkey lift any claims to diplomatic immunity for those involved in this crime, so that criminal proceedings can move forward and justice can be served,” added Hamparian.

“I want to commend the DC police department for acting bravely to protect protestors from a vicious assault, and applaud the decision to follow up with the filing of criminal charges. This sends an important message that while violence and repression have become the norm in Erdogan’s Turkey, they remain unacceptable here. Bringing these thugs to justice will ultimately require the State Department to prioritize this issue with Turkey, and I will be urging them to ensure that those charged today face justice,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.

According to DC police, On May 16, Jalal Kheirabaoi, of Virginia was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on a police officer and Ayten Necmi, of New York was charged with felony aggravated assault.

On Wednesday, the DC police arrested Sinan Narin, of Virginia, and charged him with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. Also arrested Wednesday was Eyup Yildirim, of New Jersey, who was charged with felony assault with significant bodily injury, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner.

The following 14 individuals who are part of Erdogan’s security team have outstanding warrants for their arrests:

Turgut Akar, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Ismail Dalkiran, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Servet Erkan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Tugay Erkan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Ahmet Karabay, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Feride Kayasan, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Lutfu Kutluca, a Turkish security official, charged with misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mustafa Murat Sumercan, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Gokhan Yildirim, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury
Ismail Ergunduz, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mehmet Sarman, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Hamza Yurteri, a Turkish security official, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner
Mahmut Sami Ellialti, charged with felony Aggravated Assault and felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury
Ahmet Cengizham Dereci, charged with felony Assault with Significant Bodily Injury and misdemeanor Assault or Threatened Assault in a Menacing Manner

The ANCA’s Hamparian was videotaping live at the scene of the May 16th attack, which took place in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence where President Erdogan was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with representatives of The Atlantic Council, a leading think tank in Washington, DC which receives funding from Turkey. Hamparian’s video showed pro-Erdogan forces crossing a police line and beating peaceful protesters – elderly men and several women – who were on the ground bleeding during most of the attack.

Hamparian testified before a May 25th Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on this matter. Joining him at the hearing were Ms. Lusik Usoyan, Founder and President of the Ezidi Relief Fund; Mr. Murat Yusa, a local businessman and protest organizer; and Ms. Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Usoyan and Yusa were victims of the brutal assault on May 16th by President Erdogan’s bodyguards.

On June 6th, with a vote of 397 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously condemned Turkey in response to the attacks, taking a powerful stand against Ankara’s attempts to export its violence and intolerance to America’s shores. H.Res.354, spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), has received the public backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

The House vote follows broad-based Congressional outrage expressed by over 100 Senate and House members through public statements, social media, and a series of Congressional letters.

Senate and House members have also raised concerns about the recently announced $1.2 million sale of semi-automatic guns slated for use byTurkish President Erdognan’s security detail, many of whom participated in the May 16th attacks. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D-MD) and House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce have already objected to the sale.

Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Dave Trott (R-MI) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) are urging colleagues to co-sign a letter to Secretary Tillerson to block the gun sale to Turkey. To contact legislators to cosign the letter, visit: anca.org/NoGunsForTurkey

The June 4 edition of The New York Times featured a two-page center-spread investigative report on the May 16th attack, with online version of the coverage translated to Turkish and shared widely on social media. The report identified Yildirim and Narin as having participated in the attacks.

The ANCA is cited by The New York Times as a source for this report.

The May 16 protest in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence was a continuation of a demonstration held earlier in the day in front of the White House, co-hosted by the ANCA. As President Trump met with President Erdogan. human rights and religious rights groups were joined by representatives of the Kurdish, Yezidi and Armenian communities to call attention to the Erdogan regime’s escalating repression against free press, the Kurdish and other ethnic communities, as well as Turkey’s ongoing obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide.

Asbarez

Erdogans Leibwächter Türkei bestellt US-Botschafter ein

Die Türkei will den Erlass von Haftbefehlen gegen zwölf Personenschützer ihres Präsidenten Erdogan in den USA nicht so einfach hinnehmen. Das türkische Außenministerium bestellte den US-Botschafter in Ankara zu Gesprächen ein.

Das türkische Außenministerium hat auf den Erlass von Haftbefehlen gegen zwölf Personenschützer von Präsident Erdogan reagiert und den US-Botschafter in Ankara zu einem Gespräch geladen. Dem Diplomaten sei übermittelt worden, dass der Erlass der Haftbefehle durch die US-Behörden falsch und parteiisch sei. Zudem fehle dafür die rechtliche Grundlage, teilte das Ministerium mit. Vielmehr hätten die lokalen Behörden es nicht geschafft, mit Blick auf die sogenannten Demonstranten geeignete Sicherheitsmaßnahmen zu treffen.

Erdogan war Zeuge der Ereignisse

Den Personenschützern wird vorgeworfen, am 16. Mai auf Demonstranten losgegangen zu sein. Die Ausschreitungen ereigneten sich am Rande eines Besuchs Erdogans in Washington. Videomitschnitte zeigen, wie Sicherheitsleute brutal auf Demonstranten eintreten.

In einem Video ist zu sehen, dass Erdogan persönlich Zeuge der Ereignisse wird, sich aber nicht ins Geschehen einmischt. Elf Menschen wurden bei den Handgreiflichkeiten verletzt, neun davon mussten im Krankenhaus behandelt werden.

Erdogan selbst übte in Ankara scharfe Kritik an den Haftbefehlen und warf den amerikanischen Sicherheitskräften vor, ihn nicht beschützt zu haben. Bei den nur 40 bis 50 Meter entfernten Demonstranten habe es sich um Anhänger der verbotenen kurdischen Arbeiterpartei PKK und der Bewegung des Predigers Fethullah Gülen gehandelt.

US-Parlament verurteilt Angriffe

Das US-Repräsentantenhaus verurteilte die Angriffe vergangene Woche und forderte eine Anklage der Verantwortlichen. Republikaner und Demokraten nahmen eine entsprechende Resolution einstimmig an. Darin heißt es: „Schwer bewaffnete türkische Sicherheitskräfte haben unbewaffnete Demonstranten geschlagen, getreten und gewürgt.“

Es war nicht der erste Vorfall dieser Art auf US-Boden. Unter anderem war Erdogans Bodyguards bereits bei seinem Washington-Besuch im April 2016 vorgeworfen worden, Journalisten beleidigt und Demonstranten misshandelt zu haben.



ARD/tagesschau.de

Anti-Terror-Demo in Köln / Islamverband Ditib will nicht mitdemonstrieren

Der türkische Islamverband Ditib will an einer Anti-Terror-Demo in Köln nicht teilnehmen. Begründung: Muslime hätten sich bereits unzählige Male distanziert, durch die Veranstaltung werde ihnen erneut Schuld zugewiesen.

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Zentralmoschee der Türkisch-islamischen Union Ditib in Köln

Der größte Islam-Dachverband in Deutschland, die türkisch-islamische Union Ditib, wird sich nicht an dem in Köln geplanten Friedensmarsch von Muslimen gegen islamistischen Terror beteiligen.

„Forderungen nach ‚muslimischen‘ Anti-Terror-Demos greifen zu kurz, stigmatisieren die Muslime und verengen den internationalen Terrorismus auf sie, ihre Gemeinden und Moscheen“ heißt es in einer am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Erklärung von Ditib. Diese Form der Schuldzuweisung spalte die Gesellschaft, heißt es weiter.

Unter dem Motto „Nicht mit uns“ wollen am Samstag in Köln Muslime mit Unterstützung zahlreicher Verbände und Persönlichkeiten des öffentlichen Lebens gegen islamistischen Terror und Gewalt demonstrieren. Zu dem Friedensmarsch werden zehntausend Teilnehmer erwartet, Initiatoren sind die Islamwissenschaftlerin Lamya Kaddor und der muslimische Friedensaktivist Tarek Mohamad.

Unterstützt wird die Demonstration unter anderem vom Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland und der Türkischen Gemeinde, aber auch von christlichen Gruppen und deutschen Parteien. Zu den zahlreichen Einzelunterzeichnern des Demonstrationsaufrufs zählen zudem führende Politiker von CDU, SPD, Grünen, Linken und FDP ebenso wie der Schriftsteller Navid Kermani und die Fernsehmoderatorin Nazan Eckes.

Für fastende Muslime sei Demo unzumutbar

Die Ditib erklärte, Muslime hätten sich schon unzählige Male in Form von gemeinsamen öffentlichen Stellungnahmen, öffentlichen Gebeten und öffentlichen Initiativen von Gewalttaten distanziert.

Es sei der Ditib zwar „ein wichtiges Anliegen, gemeinsame und starke Zeichen gegen den Terrorismus zu setzen“. Erfahrungsgemäß dauere es aber nicht einmal Wochen, bis erneut Aufrufe an die Muslime laut würden, sich vom Terror zu distanzieren. „Wichtiger ist, dass die Gesellschaft von der kontinuierlichen und unverzichtbaren Basisarbeit insbesondere der organisierten Muslime in Deutschland erfährt, die dazu beitragen, dass wir in Deutschland ein friedfertiges und versöhnliches, tolerantes Islamverständnis leben.“

Bei der geplanten Demonstration fehlten dem Verband zufolge zudem gemeinsame Absprachen im Vorfeld. Muslime seien „keine Verhandlungsmasse, die sich nach Belieben hierhin oder dorthin zitieren lässt“.

Zudem sei der Zeitpunkt schlecht gewählt: Am 22. Tag des Ramadan, an dem in Köln von 3:47 Uhr bis 21:55 Uhr nicht getrunken und gegessen werde, sei es den fastenden Muslimen nicht zumutbar, stundenlang in der Mittagssonne zu demonstrieren, kritisierte die Ditib.

Spiegel

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