Expert warns of Turkish Pegida in Germany

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Expert warns of Turkish Pegida in Germany

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According to a political scientist, the influence of Turkish nationalists in Germany is growing considerably. Politicians were exposed to intimidation attempts, foe images were fueled.

Before a growing Turkish nationalism and Islamism in Germany, the political scientist Burak Copur warned. For a long time, a “Turkish Pegida”, which had terms such as “Lügenpresse” and “Volksverräter”, had been formed, Copur of the University of Duisburg-Essen of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”.

German deputies with Turkish roots were “intimidated”. Fear and enemy images were stoked.

Already in July Green Party chief Cem Özdemir had warned against a “Turkish Pegida”. In addition, he saw the danger that the Turkish mosque umbrella organization Ditib would become an “extended arm of the (Turkish government) AKP”.

The two-and-a-half months ago in Cologne, at the end of the decade, after the failed coup attempt, red half-moon flags swung “was also a cry for more recognition and appreciation”.

Many German Turks felt like “second-class people”. Copur promised to “strengthen the liberal and democratic forces in the Turkish community”.

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