Protests in support of German journalist charged with terrorism-related crimes in Turkey

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the release of the German journalist who was arrested in Turkey and charged with terrorism-related crimes, protests in support of Deniz Yucel erupted in Dresden, Germany.
Dresden, Germany, today Photo Credit: EPA

Protests in support of the German journalist who was arrested by the Turkish authorities two weeks ago were held today (Thursday) outside of Germany’s Zwinger palace. Deniz Yucel holds both Turkish and German citizenship and is the German newspaper Die Welt’s correspondent in Turkey.

The 43-year-old was arrested on February 14 by the Turkish authorities and charged with membership in a terrorist organization, spreading propaganda and misuse of information. His arrest has caused an uproar among German politicians and journalists. German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned his arrest and called for his release.

Meanwhile, a member of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party was scheduled to appear at a rally as part of the Yes campaign for Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum in Gaggenau, Germany, today. However, the authorities in Gaggenau reportedly informed the local venue that it could not host the event due to the high number of expected attendees. Nevertheless, it is possible that the rally will be held elsewhere.

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