Gremany Bans Two Turkish Groups

BONN (Reuters)–Germany on Thursday banned two Turkish political organizations it accused of terrorizing and extorting cash from Germany’s two-million-plus Turkish population.

The Interior Ministry said the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C) and the Turkish People’s Liberation Party (THKP-C) were responsible for a series of murders and attempted murders.

It said the two had been involved in a bitter struggle for supremacy following the banning in 1983 of their predecessor–the far-left Devrimci Sol organization.

"This has to be stopped…for the sake of the rule of law and so German and Turkish fellow citizens can live together peacefully," Interior Minister Manfred Kanther said in a statement.

Tough action against crime by foreigners living in Germany has been a major theme of Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s campaign to be re-elected on September 27. The campaign has tended to focus on criminality by individuals rather than that by organized–politically motivated groups.

Three former members of the Devrimci Sol are on trial in Hamburg for attempted murder and arms offenses.

The ban–effective immediately–means the two groups will be stripped of their assets and forbidden from continuing their activities in Germany.

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