Germany’s political opposition wants Turkish ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves banned

Politicians from Germany’s opposition parties have urged the government to ban Turkey’s Grey Wolves, an ultranationalist group affiliated with political allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The federal government must harshly reject the Turkish government’s anti-Armenian conspiracy theory and stand behind France’s decision to ban the Grey Wolves,” said Sevim Dagdelen, the chairwoman of Germany’s left (Die Like) parliamentary group.

She added that Die Linke “calls for the dissolution of the Federation of Associations of Turkish Democratic Idealists (ADÜTDF) — the umbrella organization of Turkish ultranationalist groups in the country,” whilst rejecting Erdogan’s claims that the group is a “fantasy product,” citing that it includes some 170 associations and 7,000 members.

Similarly, Green Party lawmaker Cem ozdemir labelled ADÜTDF the as the largest extremist organisation in Germany, counting up to 20,000 members.

“They also threaten members of the Turkish opposition and minorities in Germany,” Ozdemir told German newspaper Die Welt, Deutsche Welle reported.

Germany’s far-right party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) also called for a ban of the group, supporting that the grey Wolves are “Erdogan’s extremist brigade.”

The call came less than a week after France dissolved the group, citing that it was inciting hatred and violence, while the request had been previously expressed in 2018.

In early October, Germany’s lawmakers said they would plan legislation to ban the Grey Wolves group’s symbols and gestures, and in particular the “wold” hand salute, labelling it a reminiscent of the Nazi salute.

The Grey Wolves group is affiliated with Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) of Devlet Bahceli, which has a political alliance with Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). In fact, the Grey Wolves are regarded as the militant wing of the MHP.

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