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Kurdish protesters take over another boat

The Local · 20 Apr 2012, 08:12

Published: 20 Apr 2012 08:12 GMT+02:00

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No-one was injured, and police soon arrived at the boat and arrested four women and five men, police said later that day. They did not say whether the group was armed.

Around 60 passengers were on the ferry travelling down the Elbe river on Thursday afternoon, when a group of PKK supporters came aboard, waving a flag bearing a picture of the head of the movement – Abdullah Öcalan – who is currently serving a lifelong prison sentence in Turkey.

A number of PKK supporters managed to sneak onto the boat without arousing suspicion, and it was only when it was moving did they surround the captain and demand that he not return to the harbour.

Police arrived soon afterwards and pulled up alongside the ferry, enabling the passengers to leave via a walkway between the two boats.

The hijacking is the second in less than seven days, after another group of PKK supporters took charge of a leisure cruiser on the Rhine in Cologne on Sunday.

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 and insisted that they read their manifesto, through loudspeakers.

State security officials are investigating Thursday’s incident.

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 organisation by the US and the European Union.

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11:05 April 20, 2012 by Kurd_007
this protest on the boat is ot an act of terrorism and other organisations like the Green Peace have done bigger stunts than this. these people are German citizens and have right to protest.
12:00 April 20, 2012 by nomadams
The right to protest is all fine and good, but that right ends when they hold people hostage on a boat and prevent them from returning to their scheduled destination. That's called hostage taking, not protesting.
12:27 April 20, 2012 by Kurd_007
no one hold people as hostages, none of the protestors were armed and the protestors were mostly women. Kurdish people have no problem with german to hijack their boat..they just try to protest against german system that bowing to Turkish pressure for pure economic interests. despite that there are 1 million Kurds kurdish speaking german citizens living in germany, the government using its power to issue a decree and illigally banning everything Kurdish like news paper, kuridish TVand kurdish new year celeberations. this is simply not legal by EU nor any democratic standards.
12:47 April 20, 2012 by auslanderus
The story says that they would not allow the caption to dock the boat so that in turn makes the passengers captive. Held beyond there will as with the caption. Does that not mean they were terrorists? Does it take someone to be hurt or die before they are called what they are?
13:16 April 20, 2012 by Greysuede
Former US Secretary Condoleezza Rice said: When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody is making them do it? No, these are simply evil people who want to kill. No compassion to terrorists!
14:57 April 20, 2012 by vaninberlin
German citizens you say? Then why protest about what takes place in another country here? How about going there to protest? Terrorist are cowards, plain and simple.

All these boat hijackings remind me of The Life of Brian, is your leader named Reg?
15:21 April 20, 2012 by nomadams
@Kurd_007 : I understand that you are trying to explain why you think the actions of these "protestors" are legitimate but in order to argue a point with any validity, you have to be willing to acknowledge facts and THEN create your argument rather than try to alter the facts to fit your opinion. I have nothing against protest and opposition to governmental systems when its needed, but essentially hijacking a boat (or plane, or train, or school) full of innocent bystanders and preventing them from leaving really isn't a respectable way to bring the issues you represent to light in the rest of the world. To get respect, you must give it. And also, it really doesn't matter if the "protestors" were male or female. In fact, it's quite irrelevant. Please, for the sake of your progress and development as a person, don't let your bias blind your logic. People will be much more willing to listen to your points if you are able to see from multiple perspectives - not just the one you choose to support. :-)
17:57 April 20, 2012 by Dono
This constitutes a hijacking and holding people against their will constitutes kidnapping. Once the German citizens were safely off the boat, the Polizei should have shot them all.
18:37 April 20, 2012 by inccmdr
I'm with Dono!
19:55 April 20, 2012 by johnny108
This is one of the worst ways they could go looking for attention/support. Inconvenience people in the west- and they will hate you.
21:13 April 20, 2012 by Bavaria Mike
As reported, this is a highjacking and terrorism. They should be trialed and serve time, an example of a wake up call should be delivered here! They are guests in our country as I am also a guest however, I have German roots.
10:09 April 21, 2012 by Chigozie Ohanweh
The German authorities should be very careful this just is a start they can still do things worst than this in the future.
10:26 April 21, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"The German authorities should be very careful this just is a start they can still do things worst than this in the future."

And Kurd_007 will still say whatever they do is peaceful.
13:38 April 22, 2012 by Kurd_007

any act of protest no mater how peaceful form it takes will cause some incontinence to others..this act was by no mean can be considered as hostage taking..media always try to exaggerate to make the story more interesting.


it is not in the Kurdish people interest to do bad things in germany so they will never do...german authority knows that very well. they donot need advise of Turks
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