Thousands in Berlin protest against Turkish offensive in Syria

by The Region    


A mass demonstration in Berlin against the attack of the Turkish military on the Kurdish region of Afrin in northwestern Syria, which has been largely trouble-free throughout the Syrian civil war. As a spokesman for the police said, several thousand demonstrators had participated in the protest from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate, called the Alliance for Democracy and Peace in Afrin. Pictures showed dancing people and waving Kurdish flags.


Afrin demo 7Several thousand people demonstrated on Saturday against the Turkish attacks on the region of Afrin in Syria.


Flags and posters with the image of the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan were seized during checks. 

Since the onset of Syria's conflict in 2011, the YPG and its allies have carved out three autonomous cantons in the north, including Afrin. Their power expanded as they fought Islamic State militants.

The U.S. arming of the YPG has infuriated NATO ally Turkey. But while Washington's troops stand with the Kurdish forces in the much larger swathes of east Syria they control, it has not given them support in Afrin.

Turkey launched a military offensive last month in Syria's Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia which it deems a menace along its border.

Syrian Kurdish officials have said they sought assistance from Assad's military after foreign powers did not help them against Turkey's army.