"Germany is a mirror and sounding board of conflicts between Turks and Kurds that Turkey has been seeing since 1980s. As far as these conflicts emerge in Germany… the federal states will have all the necessary instruments to oppose them with the legislation [ensuring peaceful demonstrations] and criminal laws," the spokesperson said.
Germany is currently home to almost one million ethnic Kurds and up to 2.8 million ethnic Turks.
Tensions between Ankara and the Kurds escalated in July 2015 as fighting between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Kurdish pro-independence organization considered to be terrorist by Ankara, and the Turkish army resumed. Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews in Kurdish-populated towns, preventing civilians from fleeing the regions where the military operations are taking place.