The “Erdoğan Not Welcome” initiative will hold a demonstration outside Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s office in Berlin on 27 January, coinciding with the Turkish President’s visit to Germany, reported ANF.
After calling on President Andrzej Duda in Poland, Erdoğan will travel to Germany to meet with Chancellor Scholz and the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 27 and 28 January.
“We don’t want this fascist dictator in Berlin or in Turkey!” said the initiative.
Erdoğan is inciting the peoples of Anatolia, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, the Aegean, and the Caucasus against each other, the campaigners said, adding that there is no security for critics of Erdoğan or for Kurds in Germany.
The initiative pointed out that Mustafa Açıkgöz, an MP from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), had called for the annihilation of Erdoğan’s opponents, and in particular Kurdish groups. “Just as we don’t recognise their right to life in Turkey, neither will we not in Germany,” the MP said in the German city of Neuss just recently, in what the German Foreign Ministry described as a “hate speech”.
“The dictator [Erdoğan] sent his aide on ahead to Neuss to create a basis for hatred and enmity. Now he wants to come in person and meet the German president and chancellor,” they said.
The group condemned German politicians for their willingness to meet with the Turkish President, and called on the German government to end all support for Erdoğan and his policies.
With the #ErdoganNotWelcome hashtag, Twitter users and organisations, including Antifa, Defend Kurdistan, the Kevok Foundation, the Green Syndicalist Left, and Europe’s largest Kurdish institution, the European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCDK-E) are supporting the initiative.
The “Erdoğan Not Welcome” initiative received the backing of 138 organisations prior to the Turkish president’s visit to Germany in 2018.