Turkish left-wing groups surveilled by German intelligence

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency BfV issued a detailed report on the activities of Turkish left-wing movements. The intelligence service alleged that there are 2550 people who are members of these organizations in Germany.

The Federal German state, wishing to deepen their relationship with the Erdoğan regime following the June 24 elections in particular, has taken Turkish left-wing movements under close surveillance. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) responsible for domestic intelligence has issued a report on these groups.

The 38-page report includes the history of Turkish left-wing organizations, their goals and how they operate in Germany. German intelligence also alleged that here are 2550 people who are members of these organizations in Germany. The report gave detailed accounts on the structure and activities of DHKP-C, TKP/ML and MLKP.


The report titled “The Turkish Extreme Left and Organizations Connected To Them” states that the DHKP-C has been banned in Germany since 1998 and 60 of its members have been sentenced to prison to date.

The report claims the organization shifted its activities to Belgium and the Netherlands after the ban, but Germany is still an important field for DHKP-C in Europe. According to the BfV, DHKP-C has some 650 members in Germany.

Similar statements are also in the report regarding TKP/ML, which allegedly has 1300 members. The report points out that the TKP/ML is a constituent of the Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement (Halkların Birleşik Devrim Hareketi - HBDH) and mentions the activities of this organization in Turkey. The report also states that the HBDH was declared under the lead of the PKK on March 12, 2016 and was founded for a united struggle against the AKP regime.

The last organization mentioned in the report was MLKP, which is alleged to have over 600 members in Germany and to conduct activities under various civilian institutions. The report also points out the calls the organization made for the fight against ISIS and the AKP regime.Another prominent detail from the report is how it talks about Rojava. The report states that there is a new conceptualization called “Rojava”, and that the struggle in Western Kurdistan has affected Turkish revolutionary leftist movements, with many members ending up going to Rojava to join the fight.

The report concludes with: “The organizations in question are operating without violence in Germany, and in solidarity to support their comrades in Turkey, but they still are a threat to Turkey’s security.”