PKK sympathizers storm German TV, Westerwelle strongly condemns

Sympathizers of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) stormed the headquarters of private German TV station RTL on Wednesday evening and German foreign minister strongly condemned the act, confirming that the PKK is a terrorist organization.

Guido Westerwelle said in a statement released following the incident that this attack on what he said “freedom of thought” is unacceptable.

Westerwelle confirmed that the EU and Germany labeled the PKK as a terrorist organization and that they conveyed this to Turkey.

German police say at least 30 protesters stormed RTL’s headquarters in Cologne, demanding to call for the release of PKK’s jailed leader Abdullah Öcalan live on TV.

Dozens of German security forces were dispatched to the area and after long negotiations with protesperpolice said they are currently bargaining with the members of the terrorist organization.

The PKK, branded a terrorist group by Ankara, Washington and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 to fight for Kurdish autonomy. More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict.



28 September 2011, Wednesday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,