KON-MED condemns police raids on Kurdish institutions in Germany

The German KON-MED condemned the home raids on Kurdish institutions in Heilbronn.

KON-MED (Kurdistan Confederation of Communities in Germany) condemned the operation carried out by German police.

During the operation police raided the home of the Kurdistan Communities Federation co-chair (FCK) Sait Ozturk and 5 other Kurdish executives as well as the Democratic Kurdish Community Center premises on Wednesday.

As well as Öztürk, raids were carried out in the houses of Gulistan Özdemir, Lokman Karaaslan, Rahime Ateş and Dikkat Revsi.

KON-MED said in a statement: "The German state raided the houses of Kurdish institutions and executives in what appeared to be an operation confirming the connection with the Turkish state."

KON-MED added: "There is no justification for these raids. We want to state that we do not accept and condemn these raids on Kurdish people and institutions."

The statement also confirmed that during the raids, carried out by dozens of policemen, offices "seized a large number of personal belongings. The policy of repression on Kurdish institutions will lead to an increase in the tension among the Kurdish people, who are already undergoing a sensitive process and is under attacks."

The statement also said: "We, the Kurdish people, have established our associations in order to live our culture in Germany, to remember our history, to enlighten our society, to protect our dignity and not to be assimilated. Kurds have never given in to persecution. We call on all democratic people, beginning with the Kurdish people, to support Kurdish community centers."