Germany bans extremist Turkish paper, conducts raids
BERLIN – The Associated Press
AFP PhotoThe German government says it has banned a leftist-terrorist newspaper published by Turkey’s outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and conducted raids across Germany in connection with the ban.
Germany’s interior ministry said in a statement on May 6 that it has searched several locations in Berlin and other parts of the country. It did not mention any arrests. The government said the party, which had published the newspaper, Yürüyüş, has been banned in Germany since 1998.
According to the government, the paper promotes suicide bombings as an indispensable means of class struggle to change Turkey’s society.
On March 31, Şafak Yayla and Bahtiyar Doğruyol, two members of the DHKP-C, took Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage inside an Istanbul courthouse. Kiraz succumbed to injuries incurred during the long hostage drama, during which police forces killed Yayla and Doğruyol.