The operation, dubbed Olive Branch, started on January 20 following the US announcement of its decision to train a 30,000-strong border security force on Syria’s northern borders that would include the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) affiliated with the YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group.
As queer activists from Turkey and Kurdistan, we will be saying "No to War!" in #DefendAfrin demonstrations today in London, Zurich, Paris, and Rennes.— hakan sandal (@hakansandal) 27 января 2018 г.
According to police reports, some 7,000 protesters are demonstrating in the city of Cologne. Police have reinforced security to prevent any conflict between Kurdish and Turkish immigrants.
Pro-Kurdish people protest today in Cologne, Germany against the Turkish attacks on Afrin,— Serbest Yaman (@goyi_ciya) 27 января 2018 г.
REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen#Afrin #Efrin
Kürt insanlar bugün Köln ' de, Almanya ' nın Afrin ' e yapılan Türk saldırılarına karşı protesto ediyor,. pic.twitter.com/FyASOpzc6b
Earlier this week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had expressed the country’s concern over Turkey’s ongoing operation and announced the decision to halt supplies of German-built Leopard tanks to Ankara.
Amid Germany Leopard crisis, thousands of people took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday (January 27) to protest against a Turkish military offensive in the city of Afrin, Syria pic.twitter.com/cdlR9e5Xmr— The Region (@TheRegionOrg) 27 января 2018 г.
German police have stopped the rally of ten thousands of Kurds in solidarity with Afrin. German police calls on Kurds to remove the flags of Abdullah Öcalan #CologneForAfrin pic.twitter.com/YudgsbeyNP— Cahida Dêrsim (@dersi4m) 27 января 2018 г.
His Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu denied those reports.
"A commission was scheduled to meet to discuss Leopard tanks, but the meeting was postponed. Meanwhile, no issue of freezing or canceling [the deliveries of Leopard tanks] has been raised," Cavusoglu said.
While protesting in London, Kurds have been calling on the government to stand by Afrin.
“We have urged the Labor Party to place pressure on Theresa May and the British government in order for them to pressure Erdogan to end the incursion,” a Kurdish protester said.
London: Absolutely huge crowd in London right now!! Thousands have come out to condemn the Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish city of Afrin! #DefendAfrin— Comrade Cudi (@The_Rojavans) 27 января 2018 г.
The French city of Rennes, as well as Swedish Stockholm has also joined the movement.