Germany Tells Erdogan's Bodyguards to Stay Away From Hamburg G20


Turkish bodyguards served with criminal charges for allegedly attacking protesters outside the ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., "won't set foot on German soil in the foreseeable future, so also during the G-20 summit", a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The Turkish Embassy sent the Foreign Ministry a list of 50 people who were to accompany Erdogan to Hamburg, local daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Sunday.

Hamburg's police forces retain exclusive authority over its streets, the City's Mayor said, emphasizing that this circumstance applied equally to foreign security personnel.

All security forces have been trained for several different scenarios, including terrorist attacks.

Bodyguards escorting the president in Washington in May allegedly pushed past U.S. police to physically confront Kurdish protesters.

In the May altercation, disturbing video showed protesters being knocked to the ground and then kicked - sometimes repeatedly in the head - by men in suits.

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The Turkish Embassy has sent the Foreign Office a list of some 50 persons who are to accompany Erdogan to Hamburg, including several members of the security forces against whom the USA authorities have issued arrest warrants after the violent incidents in Washington.

On May 22, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the United States ambassador in Ankara and gave him a note of protest against what it called actions "contrary to diplomatic rules and practices".

The Turkish foreign ministry also slammed the "inability of USA authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official programme".

Authorities are expecting up to 10,000 far-left activists from across Europe, including Kurdish and Turkish activists, potentially creating a climate for chaos among Kurdish groups and nationalistic Turkish groups, Germany's Die Welt reported today. Hamburg is already a hotbed of left-wing activism and cars have been regularly torched in the lead up to the summit.

Their task will be compounded by a planned demonstration against Erdogan by supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the official added. Several thousand well-organized Turkish right-wing extremists such as the Ulkucu (Gray Wolves) movement reportedly operate in Germany as well.