Demonstrators allowed to march against pro-Erdogan rally in Germany

Right-wing demonstrators will be allowed to march in protest against a rally planned this weekend in the western German city of Cologne in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a court official confirmed Saturday.

An administrative court rejected an appeal by Cologne police to block the Sunday demonstration because of concerns it could lead to violence, supporting a decision by a lower court that found there wasn't enough evidence to justify law enforcement's fears.

The demonstration march is supported by the German far-right political party Pro NRW, among others, who plan to protest under the slogan: "No Tributes to Erdogan in Germany: Stop the Bosporus' Islamist Autocrat."

The administrative court also rejected an appeal by one of the pro-Erdogan event organizers who wanted to stream the president live from Turkey on a big screen. Such a screening will not be allowed.

As many as 30,000 people are expected to show up Sunday in support of Erdogan following the bloody coup attempt on July 15 that left more than 260 people dead and triggered mass jailings and purges of the military, government and civil service.

Last update: Sat, 30/07/2016 - 11:38

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