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Kurds try to hijack Rhine pleasure boat

The Local · 16 Apr 2012, 11:54

Published: 16 Apr 2012 11:54 GMT+02:00

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The pleasure boat was on a tranquil, Sunday afternoon cruise when suddenly half the approximately 20 passengers turned out to be Kurdish activists in disguise.

Some of the group shoved the boat's captain and driver to one side. "They demanded that the crew steer the boat along the bank, and wanted to read out their manifesto through loudspeakers," police spokesman Bruno Ethen told Der Spiegel magazine.

No-one was injured in the incident, and the activists, who were unarmed, have been interviewed and are expected to be released on bail, according to police.

In September last year more than 30 PKK sympathizers briefly occupied the studios of commercial TV channel RTL in Cologne. They tried to get the broadcaster to air a report on captive PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan who was arrested in Germany in 1999 and deported to Turkey.

The PKK is fighting an armed struggle in eastern Turkey in an attempt to establish an autonomous Kurdistan and greater rights for Kurds in Turkey. It is listed as a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union.

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13:08 April 16, 2012 by Sayer
"Hi-jack?" Or commandeer and divert? Hardly the USS Liberty.
13:18 April 16, 2012 by Mingus
I would prefer to be hijacked by the FKK.
13:30 April 16, 2012 by Kurd_007
This shows the peaceful nature of Kurdish struggle for their universal human rights. Kurds always try to address their issue peacefully but because they are denied such rights by German authorities (who are under pressure of Turk's state). They were forced to choose unpleasant methods like this one however still keeping it peaceful. This was another prove that PKK is not a terrorist organisation as Turk state propaganda claiming.
14:37 April 16, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Without knowing anything about the PKK and previously having no opinion or for that matter no knowledge of them, I find these actions to be less than peaceful. Deadly? no but if 20 people rushed the captain of the boat you are on and started barking out commands how are you going to feel? I certainly would not feel very peaceful.
14:47 April 16, 2012 by Jeffvm
What next? Left-wing Kreuzbergers demonstrating against gentrification by hijacking a Bosporus ferry in Istanbul?
15:50 April 16, 2012 by ATM
The lives of people enjoying a nice cruise were put in Jeopardy. This was not a peaceful demonstration. PKK please take your battle to the front where it belongs. What has this got to do with the German People;s right to enjoy a nice cruise. Take the battle where it belongs.
15:57 April 16, 2012 by Kurd_007

Please donot dramatise!

For the sake of economic interests with Turkey, German authorities under lame excuses often deny Kurdish ethnics of Germany (Kurds who are mostly German citizens and tax payers) to hold a peaceful protest against German arm sell to Turkey that is used against Kurdish civilians in Turkey. That was a desperate attempt for those Kurds to reach their voice to the outside world.


Kurds are one of the biggest ethnic minorities in Germany, there are around 1 million ethnic Kurds who mostly hold German citizenship and many intermarried with Germans live in the country. According to EU human right laws and German laws they should have right to voice their concerns against Turk state's brutal treatments of their kins in turkey.
16:33 April 16, 2012 by nemo999
I guess they could have sailed/motored the boat to Turkey.
16:40 April 16, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
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16:51 April 16, 2012 by Kurd_007

remember it is because of EU's support to Turkey Kurds are killed in Turkey..so the protest meant to be in the heart of Europe. plus if u ask any one who held a protest to leave there would not be many people left in germany. weather u like or not most germans nowadays are no longer pure race
16:55 April 16, 2012 by wenddiver
I don't guess anybody ever thought of just buying some advertising?????

Probably, better to just come off as a bunch of terrorists.
16:59 April 16, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
@wenddiver and Jeffvm...

You guys expressed my thoughts. Thanks.
18:07 April 16, 2012 by vjtheking
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19:31 April 16, 2012 by bramblebush
You allow Turks to immmigrate here, you allow their problems to follow. Just saying.....
20:46 April 16, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Kurd_007 were you number 13 of 20?
22:33 April 16, 2012 by Greysuede
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22:39 April 16, 2012 by Kurd_007

I do response to the comments that deserve my time.

The second part of ur comment .these racist primitive word of yours doesnot deserve an answer but to deletion by the administrator. U seem to have had a bad day because of the shameful appearance of your hero the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik .


If u have not learnt by now..Germany is not a only country on this planet that allows immigration we live in a globalised world..for your information Time for pure race Germany has gone long ago. There are also German immigrants in Brazil, in Dubai, uk , US who mostly choose to speak their language and hang out with their community..for example the german immigrants in Brazil and Dubai live in their own communities and mostly do not speak a word of the language of the country they live in.


I wish I had an honour to protest against mistreatment of any powerless leave alone my people, but unfortunately in this occasion i have not had such chance yet.
16:52 April 17, 2012 by YellowChicken
Well there goes my weekend plans.
17:38 April 17, 2012 by Kurd_007
Hats off to the German police for their understanding, professional handling of the situation and releasing the protesters..if it was Turkish police they would have shot all the passengers including the tourists who had nothing to do with the protest.
18:21 April 17, 2012 by marimay
And if this had happened in Turkey the kurds would have used bombs instead.

Pretending to be peaceful terrorists in Germany. Funny!
19:35 April 17, 2012 by Kurd_007
as a minority if you have your universal rights respected u would never think of using violence to address your issues and demands..But if you are human right is constantly abused by the government of the majority, ur language is banned in schools and official places, you treated as second class citizens, police arrests and tortures your peaceful activists on daily bases, ur elected mayors arrested and often killed by police ..under such circumstance there will be some who would think of defending themselves and would attack the abusive army back like French revolutionists did during the Nazi occupation of France. but none of the mainstream Kurdish parties ever target civilians not in turkey nor anywhere else. because kurds are not in war with Turks but fight gainst injustice.
20:33 April 17, 2012 by Greysuede
No compassion to terrorism and terrorists !

All peace loving people together with EU, UN, USA condemn it !
23:35 April 17, 2012 by Kurd_007

only turkish state try to label all sort of protests as terrorism..thanks god All peace loving people of EU, UN, USA do not ! which is why the activists where freed..

infact they didnot try to hijack the boat they just tried to read their manifesto..as they were the majority of the customers who paid to go on the boat..they have right to decide what they want to hear...
16:00 April 18, 2012 by Bigfoot76
I always get arrested simply for reading on a boat.
21:29 April 18, 2012 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I'm really glad no one got hurt.

That being said; trying to commandeer a boat full of tourists on the Rhine, Germany's most important economic artery, with no one understanding what your real motives might be, is an excellent way of getting yourself into trouble. The participants should, at the very least, be grateful that the local police understood it for what it was - because it would have been within their every right to make their first reaction be the use of GSG-9, and then they would probably all be very permanently dead.

@#$%ing idiots.
21:33 April 18, 2012 by 9900lawre
In 1994 at the time of the bombings of tourist resorts in Turkey (By the PKK) i was in the heart of Kurdistan with the then AMF(L), a NATO force which exercised regularly in the area.

We were given propganda books by the Turkish Government which showed women, children, babies nailed to the doors of their houses/shacks. The crimes were supposed to have been by the PKK.

we had to pass through many Kurd village areas and stayed in a Kurdish village which showed us the highest respect and hospitality. The same people that the Turkish Government said were PKK.

When we left the area the Turkish Government sent in thousands of troops to purge the area of PKK (Kurd villagers).

Whilst the German Government is in bed with the Turkish Government i support neither sides stance on the Kurds. And i do not support terrorism either!

One thing i do understand is that what ever stories you believe from either side, the act that took place on the pleasure boat was NOT an act of terrorism and Green Peace have done bigger stunts than this.
22:49 April 18, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"Green Peace have done bigger stunts than this."

Perhaps but they have a catchier name. I mean Green (environmental) and Peace (deceptively clever).

ELF is another cool name though they are a bit more obvious in their misdeeds.
00:49 April 19, 2012 by Greysuede
In Iraq you want a state.

In Iran you want a state too.

In Syria you want a state.

In Turkey you want a state too.

And on top of all these you all are occupied the entire world, particularly Europe by asylum seeking game and moaning.

This is abuse in one way and terrorizing the locals "peacefully" is another way!
02:44 April 19, 2012 by Kurd_007

you have witnessed what has happend on the ground.none of.people here been there.. they only listen to Turkish propaganda style media and NATO state's media which often rely on news from Turkish media.


Kurds do not want to get any others land..they want to be able to live in peace and degnity in their land..where they can use their language and their universal rights respected..in civilised world this can be achieved through federalism but these countries are not democratic to respect universal rights of minorities and grant Kurds federalism or any form of decentralisation , but stil to avioid blood shed kurds willing to compromise and have not demanded independant..what u said is not true.

kurds are not occuping anywhere..most Kurds came to germany as a result of an agreement between Germany and Turkey, germany invited workers from turkey to come and work..now kurds in germany are second and third generations.. mostly are hardworking people who are tax payers ..I can see your previous racist comments were all deleted so learn to respect others please.
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