Germany sentences Syriac activists

Germany’s Bavaria state has issued another sentence against activists.

The local court in Ausburg, Bavaria issued fines two Syriac activists for carrying a flag of the Mesopotamian Communist Arameans.

State security forces are tolerant to re-organized Nazi cells and extreme right groups, but do all they can to intimidate the socialists and opposition movements. In the Bavaria state in particular, where the “police state” laws are strictly in place, the prosecutor and local courts have been getting attention for their stance against symbols of the Kurdish freedom movement and revolutionary organizations from Turkey.


Bavarian state forces are now looking to criminalize Syriac revolutionaries. An investigation had been launched last year against two Syriac activists for carrying the flag of Mesopotamian Communist Arameans at a May Day event in Ausburg last year for “violating the associations act”. The Ausburg administrative court has reached a verdict.

The court said the Mesopotamian Communist Arameans is among organizations monitored by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and argued that carrying the flag of such an organization constititues a crime. The 31 year old man and 25 year old woman, identities not made public, were sentenced to 1600 euro fines each. The activists are appealing the ruling.


The Syriac Revolutionary Movement protested the ruling and said German courts are cooperating with the AKP regime.

The Syriac Revolutionary Movement (Suryoye Qauwonye) was declared on the centennial of the 1915 genocide against Armenian and Syriac peoples. The Mesopotamian Communist Arameans were founded in 2017. The police raided MCA members’ homes last year for violating the “associations act” in May Day events, and investigations were launched against many activists.


There is no official ban against Northern and Eastern Syrian forces in Germany, but YPG/YPJ and PYD flags are considered to be PKK propaganda by the Interior Ministry, which had issued a ban via a notice issued on March 2, 2017. The notice is not implemented by several states, and discussions on it continue. The strictest implementer of the notice however, is the state of Bavaria.