German-Turkish group warns against dialogue with ‘far-right’

A Turkish community leader in Germany warned Dec. 28 against proposals by mainstream politicians for dialogue with a “far-right populist movement” that has drawn thousands to anti-Islamic street protests.

Several ministers and lawmakers have argued the government must listen to the fears about immigration voiced by the so-called “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” or PEGIDA.

The chairman of the Turkish Community in Germany, Safter Çınar, warned that seeking to understand PEGIDA was dangerous and that xenophobia and racism must remain taboo, the newspaper Tagesspiegel reported.

“What kind of dialogue are we talking about?” he said about the movement which drew a record 17,500 marchers in the eastern city of Dresden last Monday. “Should we tell the demonstrators that Muslims are human beings too?”

The rise of the group since October has sparked counter-protests and much soul-searching in Germany, where expressions of racism are especially troubling given the country’s Nazi past.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Saturday that Germany, a fast ageing country with a low birthrate, needs immigration…

Scare quotes around “far-right populist movement” added by me.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …”far right”…hardly. Centrist.

    • Rosenmops

      “Far right” is a slur directed at anyone who doesn’t want to give their homeland to Islamists.

      • Curly Bill

        Then I’m a far, far, far rightie.

        • Rosenmops

          Me too!

  • tom_billesley

    The right have political cooties.

  • Alain

    “Far right” being used to describe normal citizens of any country who oppose and resist national suicide.

    • Icebow

      BBC news programmes may invite comment from ‘experts’ on the ‘far right’, but there I have never heard any mention of the ‘far left’.

      • Just a thought

        That’s because they are the “normal” ones. And the only reason their wonderful plans always fail is because we “far right” Conservatives still exist.

  • minuteman

    Giving your country to strangers is not the solution to an aging population and low birth rate. Germans deserve to inherit the legacy of their ancestor, not strangers.

  • Just a thought

    “Far Right” is supposed to put us (Conservatives) into Hitler’s camp. Nevermind that hte Nazis were Leftists, as their chosen name clearly indicates: National Socialist German Workers Party

    • Surele Surele

      Exactly, but try to ‘splain this to the single minded crowd.

  • Fran800

    Let the Muslims be “human beings” — somewhere else! I suggest Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kazakstan.

    • Blacksmith

      Any of the shitstainistans will do.

  • roccolore

    Turks shouldn’t be lecturing anyone on hatred, especially those who only flood Europe for the welfare benefits and demand Sharia.