Turks Rally for Erdogan in Cologne

Anhänger des türkischen Staatspräsidenten Erdogan schwenken am 31.07.2016 in Köln (Nordrhein-Westfalen) türkische Fahnen. Mehrere Tausend Deutschtürken sind zu einer Pro-Erdogan-Demonstration in Köln zusammengekommen. Foto: Oliver Berg/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a largely peaceful protest in the center of Cologne.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    There are concerns that domestic political tensions and divisions in Turkey could spill over to the large Turkish community in Germany.

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    • Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out to protest against the attempted coup in Turkey. Some 2,700 police were deployed.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was banned from broadcasting a speech to the demonstration, sparking outrage in Turkey.
    • A counter-protest by the right-wing group Pro-NRW only attracted around a hundred participants.
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Tens of thousands of people turned out in Cologne on Sunday to demonstrate against the failed coup in Turkey. One person, however, was noticeably absent: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr. Erdogan had planned to deliver a broadcast speech to his supporters in Cologne. But the broadcast was banned amid concerns that Mr. Erdogan might try to rally the demonstrators against his opponents in Germany.

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