‘Stop German arms sales to Turkish regime’

This video says about itself:

Germany: Protesters rally against German-Turkish arms deals in Berlin

8 May 2018

Around a hundred peace activists gathered in front of Rheinmetall‘s annual general meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, to protest against deals between the German weapons manufacturer and its Turkish partners.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, by Steve Sweeney:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Die Linke calls for arms embargo on Turkey

GERMANY’S Die Linke party has called for an immediate arms embargo on Turkey after five weapons deals were signed between the two countries in just four months.

Die Linke MP Stefan Liebich, a member of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, described the sale of arms to Turkey as “scandalous” and called for an immediate halt to the trade.

The deals worth €418,279 in total were agreed between March, when Chancellor Angela Merkel returned to power as part of a coalition government, and the end of June, according to figures provided by the Finance Ministry after Die Linke made a written submission to the federal parliament.

Arms sales between the beginning of the year and March 14 amounted to €9.7m, with the drop being attributed partly to the state of Turkey’s economy but also to the country’s army producing its own weapons through licensing deals with the German weapons industry.

The latest deals coincide with Berlin lifting an unofficial arms embargo imposed on Turkey following the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February.

Mr Yucel had been held in Turkey’s notorious Silivri prison and was detained for a year without charges after being accused of supporting terrorist organisations.

The [conservative daily] Die Welt reporter opposed any “dirty deals” being struck regarding weapons sales to secure his release, saying: “I don’t want my freedom to be tainted with an arms deal.”

In January, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s brutal regime launched an illegal invasion and occupation of the peaceful northern Syrian city of Afrin.

Operation Olive Branch has been branded illegal, but imperialist powers have defended the action by Nato’s second-largest army, on the grounds of Turkey’s right to “secure its borders”.

Germany supplies Turkey with the £4 million Leopard 2 tanks that were used by its army in the Afrin offensive.

Despite German parliamentarians questioning the legality of Ankara’s military operation in northern Syria, a deal was struck regarding the upgrade of the tank’s capabilities.

Turkey’s future in Syria came under further threat yesterday as the Damascus government stepped up its operation to retake control of Idlib province, currently under the control of Mr Erdogan’s forces.

Ankara has opposed any campaign targeting jihadist fighters operating in the area and fears that it will also be forced out of Afrin.

Appeals to Russia appear to have failed, with President Vladimir Putin reported to favour Idlib returning to government control.

GERMAN journalist Mesale Tolu, who has been detained in Turkey for the last 15 months on terror charges, was allowed to fly to Stuttgart with her son this evening, calling immediately for solidarity with hundreds of other reporters jailed by the Erdogan regime. Ms Tolu, who was born in Turkey and grew up in Ulm, Germany, was arrested at home while looking after her then two-and-a-half-year-old child in May 2017 following the detention of her husband a month earlier: here.

NEARLY 50 people were arrested on Saturday as Turkish police broke up a regular demonstration by mothers protesting about the disappearance of their children in the 1980s and ’90s. The Saturday Mothers were holding their 700th weekly protest since they began the meetings in Istanbul in May 1995: here.

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