YPG fighter with flag, Tal Abyad, 2015. Image: screenshot YPG_Tall_Abyad_juin_2015(4).PNG:VOA video
Banned flags and symbols of the Kurdish party PYD and the People’s Defense Units of the YPG. Ankara could be very satisfied
In front of the scenes the German government stages conflict readiness. "Hard and controversial" in the matter" was his meeting with the Turkish Aubenminister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said SPD-Aubenminister Gabriel. Cavusoglu added existential pathos: Germany should decide, he said, whether to regard Turkey "as a friend or an enemy" see. There is no reason for Turkey to see Germany as an enemy, the Turkish government representative said two days ago, according to Tagesschau.
By that time, Cavusoglu must have known that behind the scenes the German government had been very accommodating to the Turkish government in one of its central concerns. In a sense, it served as the extended arm of the Turkish Kurdish policy in Germany.
According to information from Civaka Azad, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) announced on March 2. March an extension of the PKK prohibition ordered. With it it follows the demands of the Turkish government to proceed stronger against the PKK.
The list of "foreign offshoots of the PKK" has been expanded, according to the Civaka Azad report. The PYD (Democratic Unity Party), the YPG’s People’s Defense Units (YPG), and the YPG’s People’s Army (YPG) have been added to the list "all women’s and youth organizations", such as the Association of Students from Kurdistan (YXK), which is represented in many German cities. Their flags and symbols are banned. The ban on associations against the "Kurdistan Workers’ Party" (PKK) has existed since 1993, according to the BMI. This is accompanied by a ban on activities.
"Far-reaching consequences for the domestic political climate in Germany"
There is no mention of such a ban on activities for the organizations mentioned. However, the ban on symbols "far-reaching consequences for the domestic political climate in Germany", according to the assessment of Civaka Azad.
It is a "direct attack on the political identity of about 800,000.000 Kurds living in Germany, because the rights", because rights protected by the Basic Law, such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, were largely undermined. The publication describes the consequences thus:
Increased clashes with the police during peaceful demonstrations are pre-programmed and politically intended in order to maintain the enemy image of the allegedly violent Kurds. The consequences will be hundreds more criminal cases for violating Article 20 of the Law on Associations for displaying prohibited symbols.
The Left Party’s domestic policy spokeswoman, Ulla Jelpke, condemns the cooperation between the German and Turkish governments ("truly shameful") and puts the arrangement between Berlin and Ankara in a broader political context:
It is unbelievable how, on the one hand, the Erdogan regime continues to be courted as the sponsor of jihadist terror in the Middle East and, on the other hand, the most resolute fighters against IS terror are criminalized. (…) With these bans, the federal government – unlike the USA and Russia – is following Ankara’s view that these organizations are terrorist organizations.
It can be summed up like this: The "Terrorists" of the PYD are attempting a democratic project in Syria that is unparalleled in the region, the fighters of the YPG. The USA as well as Russia give them back cover.
Just how shady or convoluted the federal government’s plans in the region are could already be seen in its support of obscure opposing militias in Syria that were in combat alliance with jihadists, and most recently in the arms supplies to the KDP peshmerga of Barsani, who is also on Erdogan’s side.
Now, following allegations that peshmergas serving Barzani attacked Yazidis with German weapons (see Erdogan’s wars and the naivety of the German government), the German government has sent a delegation to northern Iraq to look into the matter. KDP pesmerga in Shengal and Khanasor got wind of German visit. The weapons were hidden fast, it says in a report of the news agency ANF.