News 19 march — 16:28

Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkey's Erdogan in Frankfurt

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Around 9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him sweeping new powers, Reuters reports.

Protesters chanted "Erdogan terrorist" and "freedom for Ocalan", referring to Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), with many waving flags featuring Ocalan's face. The European Union and United States consider the PKK a terrorist group and it is banned in Germany.

"The Europeans should hear us, empathize with our suffering and help us. It would be best if they imposed economic sanctions on Turkey," demonstrator Sinan Anin said.

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