German police consider banning Syria demo over fears of violence

COLOGNE (dpa)- Police in Cologne are considering a ban on a planned demonstration against the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria because of fears of violence, they said on Friday.
Having consulted with other security authorities, the police had concrete indications that several thousand people willing to use violence were planning to take part in the demonstration, police commissioner Uwe Jacob said at a press conference.

The organizers of the demonstration - various left-wing campaign groups - have registered more than 15,000 participants, many of them Kurdish.
However, following calls for participation across Europe, police now believe at least 20,000 are planning to take part, including Turkish nationalists, Jacob said.
Turkey launched an offensive in northern Syria on October 9, saying it is targeting Islamic State extremists and Kurdish militias in the region.
Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Germany last weekend to demonstrate against the offensive.
Experts have warned that tensions in Germany between people with Kurdish and Turkish roots could become much worse in light of Turkey's offensive in Syria.
On Tuesday, a protest by the Kurdish diaspora in Herne in north-western Germany over Turkey's incursion into northern Syria turned violent and left five people injured.

Friday, October 18th 2019

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