NPR Berlin Question Of The Week: Should Turkish rallies be allowed in Germany or not?

Mar 8, 2017

The strained relationship between Germany and Turkey reached another climax when Turkish President Erdogan compared German authorities with Nazis. His comments came after several Turkish referendum rallies were canceled in Germany due to security concerns. Turkey’s upcoming referendum could expand Erdogan’s power. Should Turkish rallies be allowed in Germany or not? We asked Berliners in Kreuzberg.

"Personally I would say that, you know, any form of freedom of speech, as long as it isn't violent or obstructing someone else's freedom of speech, should be allowed."

"Normally, I would say that the issues of a country should be solved in the country itself and not in foreign countries, but in Germany we have special case. We have so many Turkish people living here and Turkish citizens, therefore I would say yes."

"So I think it's a must that people in Germany stand up and show Erdogan and this direction that we really shouldn't follow."

"Yes, I do think they should be allowed to have political rallies. I also think that unintentionally they've actually achieved their goal much better by not being allowed to have that rally because their getting lots of exposure now."

"I don't see how it's any different from any other group in society that has political aims and wants to get people together to rally and have speeches and talk about what they want."