A woman in Germany has launched an online petition asking her daughter to come back, saying she was kidnapped by the terrorist organization PKK.
Maide T. told Anadolu Agency (AA) in Berlin that he wanted support for the petition, “Take my daughter back from the PKK. Prevent her from becoming a terrorist,” on change.org.
In the petition description section, Maide T. describes the difficulties he experienced.
He said German authorities turned a blind eye to his weekly demonstrations in front of the German Chancellor. Maide asked why the PKK’s actions were still allowed to happen in Germany.
“Is the PKK not a terrorist organization in Germany? Is killing or terrorizing people not prohibited?”
PKK members can freely enter and exit Germany, he said. “They are a danger to Germany’s domestic security. While looking for my daughter, I myself learned how dangerous these people are.”
Maide urged the German federal government to act against the PKK and other terrorist organizations.
He said he would contact the justice and interior ministries after the petition got multiple signatures.
A Berlin resident, Maide has been trying to reach his daughter, Nilüfer, since November 12, 2019, when Nilüfer was kidnapped by the PKK. However, all his efforts seemed in vain as the German police refused to help him.
In late May, he asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to help him and held a protest in front of the German Chancellor.
Inviting people to stand in solidarity with him, Maide said his daughter was influenced by PKK propaganda after she visited a cultural center in Berlin last year. After that, he was forcibly recruited and possibly sent to a terrorist camp overseas.
The German government failed to take any action, while Turkish officials criticized Germany for harboring and supporting PKK terrorists. Turkey has long urged German authorities to take serious action against PKK activities in its country.
The PKK, classified as an “ethnonationalist” and “separatist” terrorist organization by the European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol, has been outlawed in Germany since 1993.
It has launched a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 35 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.
Despite its status as a designated international terrorist organization, the PKK enjoys relative freedom in European cities and has a strong presence in Germany.
PKK supporters have been allowed to stage demonstrations, recruit militants and raise funds in Germany, which is home to some 5 million people of Turkish and Kurdish descent. The PKK is still active, with nearly 14,000 followers among the country’s Kurdish immigrant population.