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Berlin attack may be work of Kurdish terrorists

The Local · 5 Jan 2012, 06:58

Published: 05 Jan 2012 06:58 GMT+01:00

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Although seven people were in the headquarters of the “Turkish Idealists” organization when the attack happened, no-one was hurt when the five masked men burst into the building and began hurling firebombs, according to Berlin's BZ newspaper.

The members of the club, which supports Turkish nationalist causes, were able to douse the flames, but not before furniture and parts of the building had been severely damaged, the BZ reported.

Police said they suspected the attack was the work of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The group, labelled a terrorist organization by Germany and the European Union, is fighting for the rights of Turkey’s Kurdish minority by launching attacks against Turkish interests.

Last fall, suspected PKK sympathizers stormed the studios of the RTL television network in Cologne before being forcibly evicted by police.

In 2010 the Turkish government said Germany wasn’t doing enough to combat PKK activities on its territories.

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German police have said repeatedly that they're worried about the threat the PKK poses to the country's interests.

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10:59 January 5, 2012 by Kurd_007
there is a big difference between a peaceful protest at the studios of the RTL television in and hurling firebombs at Turkish nationalists office!

Kurds never target civilian Turkish places neither in Turkey nor in anywhere else.

Kurds only target Turkish occupation army that is massacring Kurdish people on a daily bases. these news are nothing but fabricated lies by Turkish intelligent services to demonise Kurds in Germany.
11:34 January 5, 2012 by existance
I am a Canadian officer in Turkey. I can obviously say that PKK keeps killing many polices, soldiers but also many civils in Turkey.

They burned a public transpter within travellers in Taksim where is the main avenue of Istanbul last Sunday.

We should accept that PKK controls drug and human tafficking.

Kurdish people in south east of Turkey are poor and non educated people however in those Kurdish cities PKK killed many teachers and meds in previous years.
11:59 January 5, 2012 by Wrench
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12:07 January 5, 2012 by Kurd_007
Mr Canadian officer!

PKK and Kurds see Turkish occuping army and police who kill and torture Kurds as legitimate targets.

PKK never targets public transpter but when Turkish police and other state institutions attack Kurdish youth on a daily bases for being Kurds they get out of hand and target state owned bases, buildings..etc but these are not work of PKK.

Turkey is on a silk root so tafficking have exsisted for centuries before pkk exsisted. PKK 's focuss is attacking turkish occuping army and to liberate Kurdistan they have no capacity to stop drag and human tafficking..but this doesnot mean they have anything to do with them. PKK get money from milltion of Kurdish members and sympathisers around the world..so PKK is not short of Money to do such things.

finally I would say you only read Turkish state controled news. because Kurds are subjected to a racist barbaric policy by Turkish state, the state want to KEEP kurds poor to focuss on earning living and not have time to think about their rights..this is a classic occupiers practices..read history of Turkish occupation of Balkan countries.

Kurds never killed a teacher or meds..give us examples..Kurds will fight for their legitimate universal rights like education in Mother tounge and self determination for ever. and history proved the freedom will come about one day and occupiers will always lose.
15:34 January 5, 2012 by raandy
existance I asume you are from French speaking Canada, your English could use some improvement.

They blamed this on the Kurds before only to discover it was the Nazis, that killed those Turkish shop owners.I would like to see some proof before making this assumption.
16:32 January 5, 2012 by Alanm
I am not supporting any violence by any side, but the origin of the problems in Turkey is the Turkish far right nationalism which is dyning the existance and the cultural rights of 12 million Kurds, in the same time this very far right nationalism in Germany complaining about their rights in Germany, what a paradox!?
23:39 January 5, 2012 by existance
I argue that all sides in this fight are "Guilty." There is poor democrasy -I think almost not- in Turkey but Kurdish society is one of the most nationalist minority in the globe.

I kill since bla bla... that is niether the right answer not the fair defense. Kurdishes do that. I also think that divided Turkey by Kurdish part would be better for Turkish people.

ps: I am Croation immigrant .
00:39 January 6, 2012 by Alanm
Mr. Existance!

The kurdish nationalism is temporary, and it is just a reaction of Turkish nationalism. It was the same in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the reign of Saddam this nationalism was strong amongst the Kurds in Iraq, but now if you go to Iraqi Kurdistan you can see how these nationalist leaders loosing their popularity, and I am sure you have witnessed the uprising against these classic nationalist parties last year!
13:31 January 6, 2012 by Kurd_007
Kurds revolutionists are not for nationalism.Kurdish revolution doesnot advocate for occuping others land and killing minorities and establishing a pure race state!

Kurdish revolutionists aim is achieve universal rights for Kurds that most nations already have been enjoying for many many years. like education in mother tounge and freedom of speech right to live with out been descriminated against for being Kurd.. Kurds can be a solider, a minister and even a president in Turkey but they cannot be Kurd.! this is what Kurds are fighting against and not racist nationalism like nazism.
23:26 January 7, 2012 by koll

Nobody force kurds to live in Turkish hegemony.Kurds invited turkish army to southeast anatolia at 16. century to prevent shia iran persecution.

If kurds increase tension more they will get state in the historical kurdish merwani state borders ( 5% of anatolia) but they will lost their turkish citizenship and 15 million kurds have to settle there since if you didnot accept Turkish state you will lost privilidges you get from state.
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