Monday, September 21, 2015

Anti-PKK/Turkish Nationalist/Grey Wolf Demonstration

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On Sept 20, Turkish ultra-nationalists held a rally against the Kurdish Workers' Party/PKK, under the claim of them being terrorists (the Kurds make the similar claim against the Turkish ultra-nationalists).  "Grey Wolves" is also used as a synonym for this rally, as they are largely represented among the participants and symbols (wolf sign with the hand) are clearly visible everywhere.  The Grey Wolves are Germany's largest radical-right organization, with members having infiltrated government offices, law enforcement agencies, and having strong lobby power due to their incredible numbers.  Monitoring agencies in Germany claim only "10,000" as their membership, but this number is widely accepted as either a sugar-coating of the reality or only counts active membership in the innermost circles.  When counting the sympathizers, the actual number is likely a significant portion of the Turkish population in Germany.

The demonstration started peacefully, but tense.  Soon after, known neonazi sympathizer Ramazan appeared, immediately assaulting a journalist, then being brought into the crowd.  It appears the organizers haven't the slightest clue that Ramazan demonstrates against Muslims in Germany with radical right groups, is known a known violent player in the scene, and was only one day before at the die Rechte radical right neonazi demonstration.  Pics of Ramazan the day before may be found in this recent entry:

At least one police officer in plain clothes was overcome by the crowd as he tried to detain someone, just a short time after he was spotted questioning Ramazan in the crowd.  At a Kurdish rally at Stachus in late Fall/early Winter, Ramazan S. allegedly brandished a knife in front of Kurdish demonstrators.

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Link to Commentary Magazine, who licensed one of the photos here.

This is another example of how overseas conflicts can be imported into other countries and manifest themselves in other forms.  One may read about the Turkey-Kurd conflict, which has been ongoing since 1978, here.  It appears as time goes on and Erdogan consolidates more power, the conflict will be set to continue into the foreseeable future, or until brutal, sweeping force is used against the Kurds.

Usage of the above photo by Commentary Magazine under "Prosecuting Peace in Turkey"

"Together against terror"- ironic statement

A journalist from Turkey who was acting as a provocateur and photographing journalists and documentarians.  According to the credentials he handed to a colleague, he is employed by a Turkish media outlet that has ties to Erdogan.  He was also spotted on Nov.9 at the Pegida rally and attempted to befriend Kurds.  He also has been associated with defending Ramazan S.
Demonstrators assaulting a police officer

Grey Wolf bandana

Yet another ironic statement, considering the violence in Turkey against Kurds and Turkey's role in the refugee crisis.
A member of the United Tribuns street gang was in attendance.

Ramazan on the way in (in the hood) just prior to assaulting a journalist.

Harassment of media representatives by participants.

Plain clothes police officer being assaulted.  One of the men also reached for his gun.  Note fellow officers in the background stand there, paralyzed and do not assist fellow police.  Just a few moments before, this officer went into the crowd, apparently towards Ramazan S., who currently has numerous processes against him.

Participants make a chain to block out police and protect Ramazan S.
Demonstrators show defiance against police.

Symbol of the Grey Wolves.

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