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March for Kurdish terror victims turns violent

Police arrested six people in Berlin on Monday evening, as protests in solidarity with victims of a terrorist attack in Turkey turned violent.

March for Kurdish terror victims turns violent
People help those wounded after Monday's explosion in Suruc. Photo: DPA

Around 1,100 people assembled in the city's Kreuzberg district on Monday evening to march for the victims of a terrorist attack in the Kurdish town of Suruc near Turkey's Syrian border, reports the Berliner Zeitung (BZ).

Demonstrators gathered at around 7pm on Monday evening.

the Kurdish Students' Association posted on its Facebook page shortly after the attack, asking members to post where and when marches would be happening in their city.

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Posted by Verband der Studierenden aus Kurdistan e.V. (YXK) on Monday, 20 July 2015

Demonstrators in Berlin also used the event to protest against Turkish politics in the Syrian-Turkish border town.

While the march remained largely peaceful, six people were arrested.

Police told the BZ that some protesters threw stones and that those taken into custody would be charged with assault.

Around 250 officers were on duty during the demonstration.

Similar solidarity marches took place across Germany on Monday night, with more planned for Tuesday evening in cities including Munich, Kiel and Dresden.

Turkey blames Isis

Media reports suggest 30 people were killed in the blast outside a cultural centre where a group of activists were gathered inside.

The activists were discussing reconstruction of the nearby Syrian town of Kobani, which has been the scene of conflict between Kurdish forces and Isis militants in recent years but came back under Kurdish control earlier this year.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed the attack on the terrorist organisation Isis.

Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara that Turkey “has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against Islamic State,” reports Reuters.

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Anti-Semitism ‘massive problem’ in Germany, says Jewish leader on terror attack anniversary

On the second anniversary of a far-right terror attack at a German synagogue, the German Jewish Council has warned that the government needs to make more efforts to stop the spread of anti-Semitism online.

Anti-Semitism 'massive problem' in Germany, says Jewish leader on terror attack anniversary
A star of David on the roof of the Halle synagogue. Photo: dpa-Zentralbild | Hendrik Schmidt

Two years after a terrorist attack in the east German town of Halle that left two people dead, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews, said that more needed to be done in the fight against anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism.

“The spread and incitement of hate, for example in the form of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories via social media, is a massive problem,” Schuster told DPA.

On October 9th 2019, a heavily armed right-wing extremist called Stephan Balliet tried to enter the Halle city synagogue on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

When he failed to do so, he shot a 40-year-old passerby. He later killed a 20-year-old man at a kebab shop. While trying to escape, the 28-year-old injured several people before he was caught by the police.

The city of Halle is commemorating the event on Saturday, with wreaths to be laid at the scene of the crime. Reiner Haseloff, state leader of Saxony-Anhalt, is expected to attend.

Balliet was sentenced to life in prison in 2020 by the Naumburg Higher Regional Court. His sentence will be followed by preventive detention.

Funs for synagogue security

While praising the German government for introducing a law that makes social media companies responsible for hateful content posted on their sites, Schuster said that the legislation needed to be extended to messenger services such as Telegram.

“We must do everything we can to ensure that the internet is not a lawless space,” he said.

According to Schuster, the German government reacted quickly after the Halle attack by providing money to improve security at Jewish institutions.

This was an important step, he said. “However, there is still much to be done at the political and social level to combat growing anti-Semitism.”

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