Thousands in Germany rally against Turkey’s Syria offensive

Kurdish protesters and their supporters hold up placards and wave flags during a demonstration against Turkey's military intervention in northern Syria in Berlin, on October 19, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Thousands in Germany rally against Turkey’s Syria offensive

  • German police are on high alert to ward off any new violence from protests over the Turkish offensive after clashes erupted on the sidelines of a rally in city of Herne

BERLIN: Thousands of people in the German city of Cologne demonstrated on Saturday against Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria.
City authorities said around 10,000 people took part in the marches organized by left-wing groups. Police were out in force amid concerns about possible violence but authorities said the event was largely peaceful.
Some demonstrators carried flags of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey is trying to push back. Others carried placards with slogans such as “No deals with the AKP regime” — a reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party.
Germany is home to large Turkish and Kurdish communities, and tensions between them have turned violent in the past. Of the roughly 3 million people with Turkish nationality or roots living in Germany, around 1 million are Kurds.

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City authorities said around 10,000 people took part in the marches organized by left-wing groups.

“We are sitting on a powderkeg in Germany,” Turkish expert Burak Copur told ZDF broadcaster.
“The emotions here cannot be viewed in isolation from the political developments in Turkey, which are mirrored in Germany.”
German police are on high alert to ward off any new violence from protests over the Turkish offensive after clashes erupted on the sidelines of a rally in city of Herne.


Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy

Updated 31 min 22 sec ago

Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy

  • The Shin Bet alleged in a statement the man was in contact with Iranian agents abroad, where he was given money, guidance and encryption tools
  • Israel and Iran are bitter enemies who have long fought a shadow war that over the last year has increasingly spilled out into the open

JERUSALEM: Israel’s domestic security agency said Tuesday it arrested an Israeli citizen alleged to have spied for Iran.
The Shin Bet alleged in a statement the man was in contact with Iranian agents abroad, where he was given money, guidance and encryption tools.
The Shin Bet said the man was expected to provide information on strategic Israeli sites, ways to promote division in Israeli society, carry out attacks against Israeli targets and enlist Arab citizens of Israel to assist Iran.
The man, whose identity was barred from publication by an Israeli court, was arrested last month and indicted Tuesday for “serious security-related offenses.”
The Shin Bet said the arrest highlights Iranian efforts “to carry out spy and terror activity within Israel, this also at a time when the world is facing the coronavirus epidemic which has badly spread in Iran.”
Iran is facing the worst virus outbreak in the Middle East. Iran’s state TV said Tuesday the new coronavirus has killed another 133 people, pushing the country’s death toll to 3,872 amid 62,589 confirmed cases.
Israel and Iran are bitter enemies who have long fought a shadow war that over the last year has increasingly spilled out into the open. And although both countries are occupied with fighting COVID-19, the illness caused by the new virus, hostilities between them remain.