More Than 20,000 Kurds Protest in Germany Against Islamic State

BERLIN—More than 20,000 Kurdish immigrants protested in Germany against the Sunni militant group calling itself Islamic State.

Police said the demonstration on Saturday in the western German city of Düsseldorf was peaceful, with people marching through the city’s downtown area and waving large Kurdish flags.

The protesters were seeking to draw attention to the Islamic State’s onslaught against the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria.

Similar protests last week turned violent in some German cities, when Kurds clashed with supporters of a hard-line Islamic movement.

Around one million Kurds live in Germany. Most of them immigrated in the 1960s when Germany was recruiting guest workers from Turkey.

(Photo: Kurds protest in Düsseldorf. European Pressphoto Agency)