Jul 07 2018

German intelligence refers to PYD as PKK’s ‘sister’ group

A German domestic intelligence agency report has described the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as “sister organizations,” state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.

Turkey maintains that YPG, and by extension the PYD, are identical to the PKK, an armed Kurdish group has been fighting a three-decade-long war against the Turkish state. While the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, the international community does not recognize the YPG as such.

The new annual report published on the German government website by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (LfV) in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein gave details about the activities of PYD/PKK/YPG in Germany, noting that the PKK and its affiliates are still active across the country with nearly 14,500 followers among the Kurdish immigrant community, using German soil for propaganda, fund-raising and logistics support.

The PYD is closely attached to the PKK in northern Germany, Anadolu New Agency cited the report as saying.

Germany outlawed the PKK in 1993, following violent protests carried out by group members in the country; however,  Ankara  continues to criticize German authorities for tolerating PKK activities.

In March of this year, Germany’s federal Interior Ministry updated its list of prohibited symbols used by the PKK, adding posters of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, to this list.