German court issues scandalous sentence over protest for Afrin

Kurdish activist Ahmet Cakmak was issued a 1000 € fine for participating in a demonstration in Munich to protest the Turkish state’s invasion attacks against Afrin.

The German state has been silent in the face of the invasion attacks the Turkish state and their allied gangs launched against Afrin, allowed the Erdogan regime to use the German-made Leopard tanks during the invasion attempt, and is now issuing fines to Kurds for protesting the invasion of Afrin.

Especially in the state of Bavaria, where “police state” laws are in place, the police, prosecutors and judges have joined forces to criminalize Kurdish activists and allies. There has been a spike in the sentences issued for posting YPG/YPJ flags on social media, and the Munich courts have issued another scandalous verdict. The court issued a 1000 € fine to Kurdish activist Ahmet Cakmak for a speech where he condemned the Turkish state attacks against Afrin and expressed solidarity with the people of Afrin. The court based the verdict on the PKK ban, which has been in place since 1993.


Ahmet Cakmak spoke to the ANF and said, “If the higher courts hold up the verdict, we will take the matter to the ECHR.”

Cakmak pointed out that freedoms of thought and expression are guaranteed in the Declaration of Human Rights, recognized by the whole world, and said: “But it would seem that the German court ignores the declaration when it comes to Kurds.” Cakmak contiued:

“The court’s decision is far removed from the law, and is entirely political. The fine I was issued won’t have any effect. This is not an equation of crime and punishment, this is a political stance. As an activist, I will continue to voice the unlawfulness.”

Cakmak said he left Turkey and sought asylum in Germany due to a prison sentence he was issued for being an administrator in the Free Students’ Association during his time as a student in the Erzincan University: “Germany accepted my asylum claim because my freedoms of thought and expression were violated in Trukey. But the same country is now punishing me for expressing my thoughts.”


The Munich court issued a similar verdict the other day against journalist Anselm Schindler for carrying a YPJ flag. Schindler was issued a 4400 € fine.

Security forces in the Bavarian capital Munich used a story by television-radio network Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) as an excuse to run a scandalous investigation against musician Johannes König.

The support for YPG/YPJ from state residents despite police pressure and investigations in Bavaria, which has the most conservative and right-wing administration in Germany, was admitted by security forces as well. The Munich police listed Germans who shared YPG/YPJ flags on their social media accounts under the “politically motivated crimes-foreigners” chapter of a report they issued.