German government persecutes comedian on behalf of Turkish dictator

This video from the USA says about itself:

Germany Might Arrest Satirist For Offending Idiot Turkish President

14 April 2016

AMERICANS WONDERING WHAT life might be like in the near future — after a President Donald Trump acts on his promise to “open up our libels laws,” so that politicians with easily bruised egos can sue reporters or commentators for hurting their feelings — should pay attention to what is happening this week in Germany.

A German TV video which used to be on the Internet used to say about itself:

2 April 2016

Jan Böhmermann: “Schmähkritik” – A poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The German text of the poem is here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Justice department is persecuting German comedian for insulting Erdogan

Today, 18:02

Judith van de Hulsbeek

The German judiciary is investigating a video of comedian and presenter Jan Böhmermann. In the movie Böhmermann reads a libelous poem in which he seeks out the boundaries of what he is allowed and is not allowed to say about the Turkish President Erdogan.

He says among other things that Erdogan beats girls and that the president has a small penis.

The presidential election debates in the Republican party of the USA are hardly about other subjects than insinuations about the sizes of the candidates’ penises. Yet, the United States Justice Department is not prosecuting Donald Trump, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, as far as I know.

The Public Prosecution Service is now investigating whether [Jan Böhmermann] is guilty of “insulting representatives of foreign states”. This may be punished with three years in prison.

Böhmermann made the video for the satirical program ZDF NEO Magazine Royal. The film was immediately already controversial. A day after the broadcast ZDF decided to remove it from the website because it would supposedly exceed “the limits of satire and irony.” …


Böhmermann made the video in response to the fuss over another satirical contribution of the Extra3 program. Erdogan tried to ban the distribution of this video, which caused worldwide criticism of him.

To prevent further diplomatic tension, Chancellor Merkel called on Sunday Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu. The two agreed that the film of Böhmermann is intentionally insulting.

Now a judicial investigation has been initiated.

Angela Merkel and Erdogan, EPA photo

Angela Merkel’s fawning over Erdogan will put the Turkish president, not Jan Böhmermann, in the dock. A German law which prevents citizens insulting a foreign head of state could come into conflict with European human rights legislation, which values freedom of political expression: here.

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  8. PYD to protest the German ban on Kurdish symbols in Berlin

    Germany’s Interior Ministry ban on the flags of the PYD, YPG and YPJ will be condemned in a mass demonstration on Saturday in the capital city Berlin. German leftist and democratic groups are expected to attend the demonstration which is organized by PYD.

    The Federal Ministry of the Interior submitted on the 2nd of March 2017 a decree to all federal states demanding a ban on flags and symbols of several Kurdish parties and organisations, including the PYD (Democratic Union Party), YPG (People’s Protection Units), YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), PJAK (Kurdistan Free Life Party), YXK (Association of Students from Kurdistan) and NAV-DEM (Democratic Kurdish Society Center) among others. The Ministry described the decree as a renewing of the PKK ban in effect in Germany since 1993.

    This decision of the German Interior Ministry as well as the German government’s policy of criminalizing the Kurdish people will be condemned in a mass demonstration organized by the PYD Berlin branch on Saturday, tomorrow.

    The demonstration will take place under the slogans “Freedom for Rojava” and “Struggle against the criminalization of the PYD, YPG, YPJ” and also many German leftist and socialist groups will show their support in the protest demonstration in addition to the Kurdish institutions in Berlin.

    The PYD has released a written statement concerning the demonstration and reminded of the democratic values the PYD is defending in Rojava and Shengal, and the freedom, democracy, and peace the YPG and YPJ are fighting for in Rojava, and said:

    “Everyone who mobilizes for the sake of democracy, needs to stand up for Rojava and Shengal as well. We do not accept the policy of criminalization and prohibition of the PYD, YPG and YPJ. We therefore call upon all democratic groups to join our demonstration”.

    Member of the PYD council Xebat Shakir expressed his reaction on the decision of Germany, calling it anti-democratic. Shakir recalled the fight against ISIS and suchlike terrorist groups the YPG and YPJ is leading together with the International Coalition and continued: “We are now fighting in the Middle East a war against ISIS’ terror, which has already gripped the attention of the entire world. In the frontlines of this struggle we pay a high price every single day. We are also part of the International Coalition, which is at war against these terrorist organizations. However a member of this Coalition, Germany, is banning our symbols. This is comical and illogical. We consider this anti-democratic and nonjudicial. Germany should revert this decision immediately”.

    Representative of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria in Europe Sinam Muhamad as well as representatives of the German Journalists Union (DJU) and the Left Party (Die Linke) will attend and speak at the demonstration, which will take place on Saturday at 12 o’clock at Mathilde-Jakop-Platz in front of the City Hall (Rathaus).

    Source: ANF Berlin 16-06-2017


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