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PKK images on buildings show how loose Sweden is on anti-terror fight: Turkish FM

Politics News 18 June 2022 09:33
TurkicWorld Daspina Hasanova
PKK images on buildings show how loose Sweden is on anti-terror fight: Turkish FM

Members of the PKK have projected images of the terrorist organization’s flag and its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, on the elevations of main public buildings in Sweden’s capital Stockholm late on June 16, TurkicWorld reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.

In short time, many social media accounts linked to the PKK and its affiliate in Syria, YPG, started airing the images projected on the municipality building, historic City Hall and the Globen Avicii Arena Sports Hall online.

PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU.

After decades of military non-alignment, situation in Ukraine pushed Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO in May. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, accuses the Nordic nations of supporting the PKK terrorists and has vetoed their entry into the alliance until they change their policies.

The June 16 incident is the latest act in a series of events performed by the PKK members in Sweden since Erdogan announced the veto.

Some PKK members marched in the streets in Stockholm, and a giant PKK flag was unfurled from a bridge in Sweden’s capital in different incidents.

At a press conference in Zagreb, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu informed that the Swedish security services have recorded the incident although government members did not initially confirm the PKK’s activity in Stockholm.

“Even this incident shows how Sweden and its laws are loose on the fight against terrorism. The PKK, as a terrorist organization, is not only threatening Turkiye’s security but also Sweden. They are doing whatever they can to prevent Sweden from joining NATO,” Cavushoglu stated.

An opposition lawmaker in Sweden and the PKK seem to have taken the Swedish government as hostage, the minister said, “That’s why we are in pursuit of concrete steps from Sweden.”

Recalling that Turkiye has outlined its demands from Sweden and Finland and these countries have sent letters in response but they are far from meeting Ankara’s concerns, he stressed.

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