Up to 25,000 people gathered in Bochum in West Germany to protest against an award meant to be given to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan. T
he demonstration was organised by Germany’s Alevi community, who claimed Erdogan’s cancelled trip was a victory.
However, Erdogan officially did not visit Germany because of the Turkish helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday.
One demonstrator described her feelings: “Here in Germany we are foreigners, we are foreigners in our own country. We do not know where to go as Kurds and as Alevites,” she said.
Gathered at a local football stadium, the minority groups displayed banners showing why they did not think Germany should award Erdogan a prize for tolerance.
Posters accused Erdogan of being anti-democratic and portrayed him with a Hitler moustache.