Turkey Urges European Action After PKK Supporters Attack Consulate

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.27 - 2024 1:09 PM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Supporters of the terrorist group PKK attacked the entrance to the Turkish Consulate General in Hannover on Tuesday, causing damage to the building.

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In response to a series of attacks by supporters of the terrorist group PKK in Europe, Türkiye has called on European countries to take swift action. According to the news agency Anadolu, Türkiye expects the responsible countries to prosecute the attackers promptly.

Late Tuesday, PKK supporters targeted the Turkish Consulate General in Hannover, Germany. The attack resulted in damage to the building, which is under German security's protection as Türkiye's official representation.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated, "Following the attack, German officials were contacted and reminded that they are responsible for the security of our citizens and diplomatic missions, and that provocations against the Turkish community in Europe should not be tolerated."

"The PKK terrorist organisation, now cornered, is intensifying its actions against the Turkish community in Europe. It is thanks to the common sense of our citizens that these provocations have not led to more serious incidents," The ministry stressed.

"We expect the countries concerned to show zero tolerance for the actions of the terrorist organisation's supporters and to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible"

Recent PKK Incidents

This recent consulate attack, part of a PKK supporters' march, follows similar incidents in Hamburg and Belgium, including assaults on local Turks.

The PKK has waged a more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, resulting in over 40,000 deaths, including women, children, and infants. Despite being officially recognized as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU, PKK activities such as demonstrations, fundraising, and local attacks continue in European countries due to a lack of enforcement.

Türkiye has consistently criticized Europe's leniency towards the terror group and its supporters.

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