“Germany bans groups linked to terrorism,” from DPA, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
BERLIN – German Interior Minister Otto Schily Monday banned two organizations, one linked to the Palestinian Hamas movement and the other to the Kurdish PKK, charging them with fomenting extremism in Germany.
Police immediately raided 60 premises in eight states, seizing documents and resources of the two organizations, the YATIM child aid organization, linked by the authorities to Hamas, and E. Xani publishing company, linked to the PKK.
“The German government is determined to act against any activities with an extremist or terrorist background,” Schily said in a statement released in Berlin.
He would not tolerate such organizations using Germany to organize and regroup outside their home countries, whether they were religious or not, Schily said.