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Germany: Kurdish activists march for Rojava amid Turkey's ceasefire

2 19.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Kurdish activists preparing to march against Turkey's military offensive in Syria, Cologne
M/S Kurdish protesters holding banner and YPG (People's Protection Units) flags
M/S Banner opening demonstration
M/S Protesters holding Kurdish flags
W/S Protesters marching
M/S Protester holding flare
M/S Man displaying Turkish flag from balcony
M/S Protesters reacting angrily at display of Turkish flag
M/S Giant Kurdish flag on display
M/S Protesters holding photograph of Kurdish fighters
M/S Riot police walking beside protesters
M/S Protesters waving giant Kurdish flag
M/S Protesters marching holding banner and flares
M/S Man shouting slogans
SOT, Mekhmed, Kurdish activist (German): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW*
SOT, Mekhmed, Kurdish activist (German): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW*
W/S Protesters marching
M/S Riot police walking beside protesters
C/U Kurdish activist displaying YPG flag
C/U Riot policeman putting on helmet
W/S End of rally at Hohenzollernring, Cologne
Nearly 10,000 Kurdish protesters filled the streets of Cologne on Saturday, to show their opposition against the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria and the death of civilians in the region.
Protesters were seen marching with banners and Kurdish flags, with many holding photographs of Kurdish fighters. Tension mounted when a Turkish flag was displayed from a balcony, but the protest remained largely peaceful.
The rally was held on the second day of Turkey's announced ceasefire, following Ankara's announcement on Thursday that the military action would be halted for five days to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw from the area.
The move came after an agreement between US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.