Kurds in Berlin Protest Turkey's Afrin Offensive

Published March 4th, 2018 - 02:29 GMT



Flags are of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags).

Their signs read, "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs"; "My symbols - my identity"; and "To defend Afrin means to defend life." 

Andrea Nahles, parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement in Berlin, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members on whether or not to join a new coalition government with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. Some 460,000 members of the SPD are holding the referendum on whether to back a hard-fought accord for a government with the conservative CDU/CSU union.

The results to be announced on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 could either end a political stalemate in the country five months after inconclusive elections, or sink it into deeper crisis.

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A protester holds a poster depicting injured people and showing a photograph (top L) of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel serving his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during the demonstration; text reads "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs". (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP)

A protester holds a poster depicting injured people and showing a photograph (top L) of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel serving his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during the demonstration; text reads "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs". (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold a giant banner reading "To defend Afrin means to defend life" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold a giant banner reading "To defend Afrin means to defend life" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold flags and posters reading "My symbols - my identity" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold flags and posters reading "My symbols - my identity" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold flags of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags). 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Protesters hold flags of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags). (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Andrea Nahles (L), parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members.
(Kay NIETFELD / DPA / AFP)

Andrea Nahles (L), parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members. (Kay NIETFELD / DPA / AFP)

A protester holds a poster depicting injured people and showing a photograph (top L) of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel serving his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during the demonstration; text reads "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs". (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold a giant banner reading "To defend Afrin means to defend life" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags and posters reading "My symbols - my identity" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags). 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Andrea Nahles (L), parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members.
(Kay NIETFELD / DPA / AFP)
A protester holds a poster depicting injured people and showing a photograph (top L) of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel serving his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during the demonstration; text reads "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs". (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP)
A protester holds a poster depicting injured people and showing a photograph (top L) of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel serving his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during the demonstration; text reads "Gabriel serves, Turkey bombs". (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold a giant banner reading "To defend Afrin means to defend life" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold a giant banner reading "To defend Afrin means to defend life" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags and posters reading "My symbols - my identity" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags and posters reading "My symbols - my identity" during a demonstration of Kurdish groups to protest against Turkey's offensive against Kurds in Syria's Afrin region, on Mar. 3, 2018 in Berlin. (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags). 
(John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Protesters hold flags of the mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG, yellow flags), and of its female equivalent, the Women's Protection Units (YPJ, green flags). (John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
Andrea Nahles (L), parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members.
(Kay NIETFELD / DPA / AFP)
Andrea Nahles (L), parliamentary group leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, and Hamburg's mayor and interim SPD leader Olaf Scholz stand in front of their party's logo as they give a statement, before counting starts of the ballots of their party members. (Kay NIETFELD / DPA / AFP)

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