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Germany Shuts Two Publishers for Kurdish Militant Ties


7Dnews London - AFP

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:34 GMT

Two publishing companies linked to banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), were shut down and raided by the German police on Tuesday, February 12th, according to AFP.

The Interior Ministry declared bans against Mezopotamien Publishing and MIR Multimedia, based in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony states, and added that they had used the "disguise of publishing companies" to benefit the PKK, which Germany outlawed and banned as a terrorist group from 1993. 

Kurdish political texts were advertised on the website of Mezopotamien Publishing, including texts by jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, while the site of MIR Multimedia said it mainly promoted Kurdish music. 

Meanwhile, the German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, said that "because the PKK is still active despite the ban in Germany, it is necessary to put the PKK in its place and enforce the law". 

Moreover, the ministry said that the PKK is "by far the largest foreign extremist organisation in Germany", with an estimated 14,500 followers. 

According to German law, an enforcement had launched thousands of proceedings against the PKK, prosecuted more than 90 people since 1992 and banned over 50 PKK-linked groups, the ministry said.

Notably, about three million people with Turkish roots, many of them ethnic Kurds, live in Germany, making them the largest immigrant group in the country.