Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

German police use pepper spray to disperse protestors at Afrin rally

German police use pepper spray to disperse protestors at Afrin rally

Ankara launched the offensive on January 20, with the aim of dislodging the People's Protection Units (YPG), a USA -backed Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast that has killed some 40,000 people.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made the nationalist "grey wolf" sign during a Justice and Development party rally in the southern province of Mersin, reports said.

On Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Turkish forces were now four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Afrin town.

"We're hearing from people inside the city itself that most houses accommodate four to five families with the number of people who have moved because of this offensive into the city", Fisher reported.

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Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said. The operation was not to "occupy" but "liberate", he said, and then hand over to local residents.

In a statement to the UN Security Council, the Kurdish council that governs Afrin on Sunday demanded a response to the Turkish offensive.

Erdogan questioned why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had not come to Turkey's aid in its Syria operation when Ankara had backed critical alliance campaigns worldwide.

Managing alliances in Syria has always been a struggle for the USA, as underscored by how often two US-armed allies end up directly fighting one another. "We are constantly harassed by terror groups on our borders".

Turkey's president has criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria. Is this friendship? Is this North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity? North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an Alliance that was founded by 11 European countries and the 1949 which today consists of 29 independent member countries.

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