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Erdogan claims German charities helping PKK

The Local · 4 Oct 2011, 10:29

Published: 04 Oct 2011 10:29 GMT+02:00

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Speaking to Turkish journalists at the end of last week, he said, “There are things which very much anger me,” according to Tuesday’s daily Tagesspiegel.

He said a German charity was working with a town administration assigning infrastructure project funding – mentioning sewerage system projects as examples - and that money was in this way being funnelled to the PKK.

He said the Turkish government had been watching transactions and had informed the German authorities of their concerns, but to no avail.

On Monday Erdogan repeated his claims, although he did not name the charities he was implicating.

According to Tagesspiegel,the Turkish newspaper Millyet reported Erdogan was likely referring to one of two German organisations involved in reorganising and modernising rubbish removal and sewerage systems across the country, including the Kurdish eastern regions.

Germans have helped modernise the sewerage system of Diyarbakir city, the unofficial Kurdish capital, where €45 million was spent on the project.

“Sadly the German charities have long been active with similar things,” said Erdogan.

The German foreign office noted that the PKK was classified as a terrorist group by the European Union and said that any suggestion of improper activity would be investigated.

The Tagesspiegel suggested that the allegations could have been made in connection with investigations recently launched by Turkish authorities against Erdogan’s own party, the AKP, that it had been profiting from Germany money spent in Turkey.

He has now brought the reputation of two other major Turkish political parties into question – they administer a number of the areas where he said questionable activities had been taking place.

German charity workers were hauled before a Turkish court nine years ago accused of espionage.

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The Konrad Adenauer, Ebert, Friedrich Naumann and Heinrich Böll foundations, all linked to German political parties, were accused of having formed a secret pact to destroy the Turkish state.

The trial ended with the charges being dismissed, but such conspiracy theories still have some currency in Turkey.

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11:50 October 4, 2011 by Kurd_007
the islamofascist Erdogan, want Turkish immigrant children in Germany to study in Turkish but forcefully make native Kurds of Turkey to use turkish. he want to extend Turkish oppression to Germany.

Unfortunately German government in many cases fail in the Turkish trap and acted against Kurds as a results of false accusations of Turks..or to appease Turkey in return for economic interests.

The good thing though day after day, Germans are becoming more aware of plight of Kurdish people and realise that it is Turkish government that terrorising Kurds and PKK ¦#39;s violence is only a reaction of Turkish action.
12:06 October 4, 2011 by Asgarli
"Kurd_007", The name says it all.
12:11 October 4, 2011 by Kurd_007
Asgarli I know u have been taught in Turkish schools that it should forbiden to call urself a Kurd..but I am afraid Germany is a free country..and not planning to become like turkey.
13:40 October 4, 2011 by Edin

"Germans are becoming more aware of plight of Kurdish people and realise that it is Turkish government that terrorising Kurds and PKK "

While I do reckognize that Kurdish people have a right to their own language and culture (oddly enough the religion is same), PKK is indeed a terrorist group for all EU countries, so your support for them is very telling indeed. Also, calling Erdogan "islamofascist " is even more extreme.
14:30 October 4, 2011 by SchwabHallRocks
Germany native people have declining birth rates and Germany Turkish people have growing birth rates. Maybe in 10 - 20 years Germany will be a battleground between PKK and Turks?

Maybe Germany will become like France was in the 1980s when Arab terrorists, like Abu Nidal and Arafat's groups, were killing each other in France to become the #1 Palestinian terrorist group. Big honor!
14:38 October 4, 2011 by mozturkgss
The PKK killed 30,000 people.

The PKK, a pregnant mother and unborn baby, killed last month.

Who is the PKK weapons and money?

Germany to allow this situation. Let alone supporting terrorism.
15:40 October 4, 2011 by Kurd_007

Germany is not the only western country that has a large imigrant populations..this is what globalism is about and germany decided to be part of it. has not it?

but remember Germany has benefited from imigrants too, they are mostly hardworking people who made more contribution to the german successful economy than most of East Germans.

many of these imigrants work for 10-11 years and still donot get citizenships or similar salies as native germans. Germany has many good things but racism still exist..unlike the US, UK or France that imigrants can become a part of elite society..the US president in the case of US and many senior roles in the UK & France..in Germany u hardly see a foreigner who is even a post office manager..!!
19:45 October 4, 2011 by Englishted

If you don't like it leave ,I like it ,I'm staying.

But if I thought as you do about what the Turkish government is doing to your people then if it happened in the U.K. I would take up arms to try to rectify the situation .
23:54 October 4, 2011 by wxman
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10:04 October 5, 2011 by Warlock1
@wxman: you are stereotyping. Obviously you know nothing about Turkey and plain ignorant

There was another Turkish charity operating in Germany under the name of 'Deniz Feneri', which German authorities later on found out that they were scamming Millions of Euros under the name of religion and funneling this money to Erdogans present government. The trial still continues in Germany but its all 'hush hush' in Turkey. Does the prime minister care to make a comment about this?
10:55 October 5, 2011 by Kurd_007

Most of these 40,000 people were civilian kurds killed by Turkish government, u seem to only read Turkish propaganda news.

PKK was established in 1970 and was a peaceful organisation until 1984 when Turkish army started killing kurds in 1000s, Turkish government destroyed 5000, Kurdish villages and killed most of the population those who survived managed to escape to Germany or elsewhere in Europe..Turkey still arresting and torturing and in many cases killing Kurdish peaceful political activists..in the name of fighting terror. This makes many young people angry and turn to PKK.

According to Human right watch's recent report Turkey have a highest percentage of Political prisoners (who never involved in violence) after china.

But the discussion now is not about Turkish regime and PKK violence..but about the Turkish regime fascist policy of criminalisation of Kurdishness..which label every Kurdish person or thing as pkk therefore decide to kill. Turkey now trying to extend this policy to Germany but Germans should not allow this.


I do not understand what exactly u mean when say leave it!!! Kurds live in Turkey for over 7,000 years..long before Turks came some 900 years ago as part of mangol's compaign from central asia..most Kurds have no option to leave...it is their country and deserve to live in peace and dignity. they donot want to go and fight and kill Turkish soliders but people have left with no other option...each time Kurds ask PKK to declare cease fire, they do but always the Turkish army see it as a sign of weakness and violates it..this made Kurds no longer trust Turkish state and trust PKK more.
12:18 October 5, 2011 by mozturkgss

Ethnic groups of people in Turkey, dozens of lives.

Equal human rights for everyone.

The PKK, the Kurdish people does not represent.

The PKK, a terrorist organization supported by enemy countries.

The PKK, Armenian descent is a continuation of the organization.

Turkey aims of creating conflict.

Stop the supporting terorist organisation, by Germany .

Sorry my bad English.
14:13 October 5, 2011 by storymann
Googling this, I find that the PKK is a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group of Kurds trying to establish an independent Kurdish state in eastern Turkey. Turkey is a NATO member and an ally of Germany,it would behove Germany to take this matter seriously.
23:01 October 5, 2011 by Kurd_007
mozturkgss & storymann

PKK does represent most Kurds in Turkey,,but ony because they are the only organisation can dare to claim their Kurdishness, in the past there were many peaceful kurdish organisations but Turks eirther killed them or forced them to exile.

Germany already not allowing PKK operate in germany and some time criminalising ordinary Kurds to please Turkey..but Turks seem to want Germany to kill all who dare to say they are Kurds
08:58 October 6, 2011 by Englishted

I meant leave Germany to carry on with your struggle where it is taking place.
21:23 October 10, 2011 by nolibs
Kurds, Turks, PKK, whatever...just leave Germany. We neither need nor want your problems.
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