Turkey summons German ambassador over pro-PKK rally

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-17 05:11:24|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ANKARA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned German Ambassador Martin Erdmann late Saturday over an rally organized by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) supporters in Cologne.

"We condemn that PKK terror organization's extensions in Germany are allowed to hold an event in Cologne and make terror propaganda here," the ministry said in a written statement.

About 3,000 pro-PKK demonstrators gathered Saturday and carried posters of jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and the symbols of the organization, despite that the German Interior Ministry has passed a ban on PKK symbols in March, including the PKK flag and photos of its leader.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed Berlin's "double standard in the fight against terrorism," urging it to adopt a "principled stand against all kinds of terrorism."

Ankara has repeatedly criticized Germany's tolerance for the PPK's rally, recruitment and fund raising, and Berlin is reluctant to take concrete measures against the group.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.