Any steps taken against terrorism need to be coordinated regardless of the course of EU-Turkish relations. Otherwise, terrorism will continue causing losses, as seen in the current violent trends.
In EU countries, particularly in the EU capital of Brussels, assaults at the hands of the outlawed PKK terrorist group against Turkish-Europeans are rampant. So far, their attacks have not led to any casualties, but this is simply a result of luck. PKK militants are now openly threatening their targets. Turkish neighborhoods, associations, mosques, houses and even pedestrians could be targeted by the PKK at any moment.
Unfortunately, Belgium is where the PKK can most comfortably organize its attacks.
Although the PKK is listed as an outlawed organization in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland, the terrorist group can freely organize demonstrations and meetings in these countries to spread propaganda. Through the terrorist organization's speeches that disregard democracy and human rights, PKK sympathizers become set against Turks in Europe. While such speeches are delivered and banned PKK flags are waved across Europe, the police hang back on the pretext of not interfering in order to avoid stirring up trouble. This situation somehow motivates PKK militants and proponents. They are encouraged by the fact that only protective measures are taken during PKK organizations in EU countries and in Switzerland. PKK proponents even claim that the police favor them.
In meetings held at PKK-linked associations, rumors are spread that a number of countries, including Germany, Belgium and Austria, support the PKK. The Kurdish people living in Europe who stand against the PKK are intimidated. Armed with their propaganda suggesting that the countries they live in support the PKK and that the police deliberately avoid interfering with the PKK's activities, the terrorist group's members are easily able to manipulate EU citizens of Kurdish descent. In Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, Kurdish businessmen and shopkeepers have been exhausted by the PKK's racketeering activities. However, they do not go to the police because they are intimidated by the terrorist group and believe that there is no use in filing complaints. The picture is grim. Encouraged by these developments, the PKK has intensified its attacks on Europeans of Turkish descent. They have overtly announced their hostility toward Turkish-Europeans Turks their plans to attack them while assaulting mosques and Turkish associations.
Last week, PKK militants started attacking Turkish neighborhoods in Belgium. This is not a coincidence given that a court in Brussels issued a scandalous verdict that said: "The PKK is not a terrorist group." In Belgium, the terrorist group has unlimited permission to protest. Belgian security units are very generous when the PKK is involved. No other terrorist group is condoned to such an extent in Europe, and PKK militants and their proponents take full advantage of the situation.
Last week in Antwerp, a group of PKK proponents headed to Brederode Street, where most of the residents are of Turkish descent, with a bus covered in PKK flags and photos of terrorists. The group provoked the people in the neighborhood, shouting slogans favoring the PKK. During the incidents that broke out as a result, at least eight people were injured, including one police officer, and more than 50 PKK proponents were detained. In addition, an Antwerpenaar of Turkish descent was stabbed during the commotion. Belgian authorities had not given the bus permission to head there. Despite that, the people on the bus entered the neighborhood to provoke the people there while the police sat back and watched.
Following this, an association located in Genk, Belgium housing social activities for Turkish-Belgians in the city was the subject of an armed attack. Four shots were fired at the association's building.
This is how far PKK assaults have comfortably come.
PKK terrorism currently poses a major threat to every EU country, and Turkish-Europeans are very concerned about it. In addition, the PKK also threatens the security, public order and societal peace of the EU countries.
The European Commission needs to deal with this. European Parliament members who are sensitive to the issue of terrorism must introduce this to parliament's agenda.
Now, the PKK is not only freely spreading terrorist propaganda, but also openly plots and conducts terrorist attacks.