Several thousand people took part in a demonstration in Berlin called by Kurdish groups.
The participants protested against Turkey's military invasion of the Rojava region in north-eastern Syria. The self-governing region is defended by the Kurdish self-defense units YPG and YPJ. Hundreds of people are said to have lost their lives in the fighting in the last few days. Over 100,000 people are on the run.
Both Turkey and the former allies of the YPG/YPJ were criticized in speeches. In addition, the role of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan for the region was emphasized.
Turkey sees the YPG/YPJ as an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers' Party PKK and therefore regards them as terrorists. Meanwhile, the Kurdish units have been the West's closest ally in recent years, especially the USA in the fight against Daesh (IS). By the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw his own troops from the Kurdish territories, he opened up the possibility of Turkey's invasion.