YPG phobia of the German police

It came out that Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) issued a covert decree to police units, targeting the German individuals who fought for some time against ISIS gangs in the ranks of the YPG and YPJ and turned back to their country.

Germany's Security Units, who had launched aggressive attacks against leftist groups at the G20 summit one week ago, have started now a purge against the "radical left". It has been revealed that the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has sent a secret notice to Germany's police units, targeting German individuals who turned back to the country after fighting against ISIS gangs alongside the YPG and YPJ for a period of time.


The Federal Criminal Police Office Germany's is aiming for German leftist activists who joined the fight against ISIS in Rojava and Syria for a limited time in the ranks of the YPG and YPJ. According to the German weekly magazine Der Fokus a file comprising 67 pages has been submitted to all Federal States concerning former German YPG members.

In its report titled “Returning German citizens from leftist circles that went to Syria and Iraq to support Kurdish units”, BKA warns the German states against such individuals because “they might affect the environments they get into”, stating that these persons have obtained the “fighting ability” in the war against ISIS.

The Focus magazine stated that even though no formal prosecution against YPG sympathizers in Germany has been filed yet as YPG is not listed among terrorist organizations in Germany, those activists returning home however are facing a range of problems from the police.

Last month in June the German television channel ARD announced that Germany is imposing fines on its citizens who returned home after fighting the ISIS in YPG ranks because of “becoming a part of an illegal war” and “damaging the prestige of the Federal Republic of Germany”.

It is reported that the Federal Interior Ministry is seizing the passports and identity cards of its returnees to prevent them from going back to Rojava and Syria.


The Federal Ministry of the Interior submitted on the 2nd of March 2017 a decree to all states demanding a ban on flags and symbols of several Kurdish parties and organisations, including the PYD (Democratic Union Party), YPG (People's Protection Units), YPJ (Women's Protection Units), PJAK (Kurdistan Free Life Party), YXK (Association of Students from Kurdistan) and NAV-DEM (Democratic Kurdish Society Center) among others. The Ministry described the decree as a renewing of the PKK ban in effect in Germany since 1993.

On 17 June, German police attacked the protesters that took to the streets in German capital Berlin to condemn Germany's ban on the flags of the PYD, YPG and YPJ and the German state's criminalization of the Kurds. Police forces attacked the demonstrators because of the YPG/YPJ flags they carried, which left at least 3 people injured, one seriously.