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We Condemn Germany For Allowing PKK March

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Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said Saturday that Turkey condemned Germany for allowing a PKK march and openly supporting terrorism.

Kalın also stated that with the latest scandal march in the city of Frankfurt, Turkey observed once again that some European countries were trying to intervene in the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform openly backing the "No campaign."

Turkey's Foreign Ministry also criticized German authorities for allowing the PKK march where the terrorist group's followers carried banned posters and flags.

"Allowing terrorist group to shout slogans about the upcoming referendum in our country while preventing Turkish deputies from meeting Turkish community in Germany is a grave example of double standards," said the statement released by the ministry.

German officials Saturday allowed terrorist PKK followers to march in Frankfurt, in marked contrast to its recently blocking Turkish ministers and politicians from addressing Turkish voters in the country.

Around 9,000 people marched in the central German city of Frankfurt with banned PKK posters and flags, openly defying the federal government's prohibition of terrorist symbols in public places.

The PKK sympathizers also carried banned posters and flags and shouted slogans against Turkey, even though the Interior Ministry on March 2 updated its list of prohibited PKK symbols to include the image of the terrorist organization's jailed head Abdullah Öcalan.

A Frankfurt police statement said the group was permitted to carry out celebrations of Nevruz -- a spring new year festival -- in two parts of the city Saturday, adding that the main topics of the meetings were Nevruz, "Freedom for Öcalan," and "Freedom for Kurdistan."

This comes despite German authorities blocking nearly two dozen planned rallies by Turkish government ministers or politicians ahead of an April 16 referendum on constitutional changes in Turkey.

The moves have drawn Ankara's ire, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan comparing the move to Nazi-era practices.

Nearly 3 million Turkish immigrants live in Germany, and around half are eligible to vote in Turkey's April 16 referendum on the proposed constitutional change for a transition to a presidential system of governance, among other changes.

Turkish citizens in Germany will cast their votes at nine consulates and four other polling stations between March 27 and April 9.

Germany outlawed the PKK in 1993 but the group is still active in the country, with more than 14,000 followers.

Since the use of the PKK flag was banned earlier by the German authorities, followers of the group often carry flags bearing the image of Öcalan in rallies organized across the country, although that image too was recently banned.

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

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