• Union deputy head sees risk that Turkish conflict is imported
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel stresses close Turkey links

Germany’s GdP police union warned against importing Turkey’s political conflict into the country after thousands of people with Turkish roots demonstrated in cities from Berlin to Frankfurt and Munich after the attempted coup.

The GdP sees the “risk that an inner Turkish conflict is taken to Germany,” the union’s deputy head Joerg Radek told Funke Mediengruppe’s newspapers on Saturday. “Those who use violence abuse the right to express their opinion.”

As many as 3,000 people with ties to Turkey turned up in front of the country’s embassy in Berlin a day after the coup, according to DPA. Thousands demonstrated at consulates in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hanover, with 10,000 in Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, according to the German press agency.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed her country’s close links with Turkey, especially through the millions of people who have family roots in the country and live in Germany.

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