German MPs urge review of Turkish Grey Wolves

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German lawmakers called for the Turkish nationalist group known as the Grey Wolves to be banned in the country following similar moves in France, Agence-France Presse said.

The MPs accused the Grey Wolves of harbouring a “nationalist and racist ideology” and urged the government to closely monitor the group’s activities and “to counter them resolutely by means of our rule of law”, AFP said on Wednesday.

Turkish nationalist groups in Europe have come under increased government scrutiny after a memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide was defaced in France on Nov. 1 with the phrase “Grey Wolf” and “RTE”, the initials of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

On Nov. 4, France took steps to prohibit the group’s activities with the threat of fines and imprisonment.

The Grey Wolves is a far-right organisation associated closely with Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The group was heavily involved in politically motivated violence that swept Turkey in the 1970s, targeting leftist activists and ethnic minorities. The MHP is allied with Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Turkish parliament.

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