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July 30, 2016 | Germany Flashpoint: Pro-Erdogan and Anti-Erdogan Rallies Planned, 30,000 Expected

Mike 'Mish' Shedlock

Mike Shedlock / Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

 

A pro-Erdogan rally in Germany is expected to draw as many as 30,000 brainwashed Erdogan supporters, Islamists, and radicals seeking to stir up trouble.

A counter rally is also planned. If these rallies do not stir up some violent clashes I will be amazed.

Pro-Erdogan Rally

Bloomberg reports Pro-Erdogan Rally in Germany Seen Drawing 30,000 Amid Tensions.

As many as 30,000 people are expected to take to the streets in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with local police concerned that a counter-demonstration may spark violence.

“We assume the atmosphere will be emotionally charged,” police chief Juergen Mathies told Die Welt newspaper. “We are prepared for particular forms of violence.”

About 2,300 policemen will be deployed at the rally, which is organized by the Union of European-Turkish Democrats. Erdogan’s government will be represented by Youth Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic, according to the Bild newspaper.

Right-wing demonstrators are planning to stage a counter march under the slogan “No Tributes to Erdogan in Germany: Stop the Bosphorus’ Islamist Autocrat.” A judge authorized the event, which is supported by the German far-right political party Pro NRW, despite efforts by Cologne police to bloc it amid security risks, the German DPA news agency reported on Saturday.

Stop the Bosphorus’ Islamist Autocrat

I suspect something was lost in the translation of that slogan from German to the above. Yet, the intent is clear once one understands the word Bosphorus.

The Bosphorus is the 32 km (20-mile)-long north-south strait that joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul, and separates the continents of Europe and Asia.

Bosphorous

“Turkish conflicts mustn’t end up in violence in our streets and squares,” Julia Kloeckner, deputy chairman of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party CDU, told Die Welt.

What “mustn’t” happen is about to.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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July 30th, 2016

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