Turkish government has accused Germany of hypocrisy after it allowed tens of thousands of Kurds (from Turkey) to hold a protest in Frankfurt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidency.
Ahead of the Kurdish new year (Newroz), some 30,000 demonstrators from across Germany gathered to demand democracy and a No vote in Turkey’s referendum on increasing presidential powers next month.
Turkey condemned the protest as “unacceptable”, and criticised Germany for allowing it.
Tensions between the two nations have been rising since Germany refused to allow Turkish ministers hold pro-government rallies in the country a fortnight ago.
President Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said: “It is unacceptable to see PKK symbols and slogans when Turkish ministers and lawmakers are being prevented from meeting their own citizens”
“We once again remind European countries: on April 16 the decision is to be made by the Turkish nation, not Europe.”
The PKK launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984.
More than 40,000 people have been killed over 33 years of fighting between the two groups.