In response to recent pro-PKK rallies held across European cities, Turkish citizens are holding pro-democracy rallies in the cities of several EU member states to draw attention to Turkey's fight against terrorism while criticizing the indifference shown by the EU toward terror group activities in those countries including the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the PKK, despite the latter being listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the cities of Luxembourg, Strasburg and Vienna will participate in protests over the weekend under the slogan, "Teröre Lanet, Demokrasiye Davet" (Curse Terror, Call to Democracy). The organization will also hold protests under the slogan, rallying cry, "If you are not there, we are one person less," in commemoration of those who lost their lives during counterterrorism operations and the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.
The groups aim to increase awareness of the ongoing threat of terror attacks while asking EU member states to support Turkey in its fight against terror.
Luxembourg and Strasburg will hold protests on Saturday while Vienna will see rallies held Sunday, where demonstrators are expected to gather in front of the Austrian parliament.
The indifferent stance taken by the EU amid recent terror attacks in Turkey has caused public outrage among Turkish expatriates in those countries, while Ankara argues that EU leaders only condemn terrorism in rhetoric, failing to address ongoing PKK activities in those countries where they have been given a safe haven. Ankara points to an anomaly created by EU authorities as reason for the backlash.
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