Turkish consulates call on parents to report Erdoğan critics at German schools

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Demonstrators carry Turkish flags and pictures of then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a rally to support the Turkish government's policy on July 7, 2013 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The Union of German-Turkish Democrats had called for the demonstration themed "Democracy - Actual Situation in Turkey". AFP PHOTO / DPA / HENNING KAISER / GERMANY OUT / AFP PHOTO / DPA / HENNING KAISER

Turkish consulates in Germany have been organizing events for Turkish parents and asking them to spy on critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey at German schools, according to education union GEW (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft).

The Turkish consulates are pushing parents to intimidate teachers and to report teachers who criticize Turkey or President Erdoğan,” GEW official Süleyman Ateş told German media.

We certainly know about such events in the Turkish consulates in Düsseldorf and Essen. In other cities, we have heard from parents that there must have been such events, ” Ateş said.

Earlier, German authorities launched an investigation into Turkish imams affiliated with Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) who were alleged to have been spying on Erdoğan’s critics.

A document dated Sept. 20, 2016 said that Turkey’s religious affairs directorate Diyanet asked Turkish missions and religious representatives abroad to profile Gülen movement expatriates living in their respective countries.

Peter Pilz, an Austrian opposition lawmaker, claimed this week that Turkey has also been operating an informer network via its embassy in Vienna that targets Erdoğan critics. (Turkey Purge)

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