Cologne Authorities Cancel Kurdish Cultural Festival Over possible clashes with 'loyal' Turks. (Sputnik).
The 24th edition of the Kurdish festival was scheduled for September 3. It was being negotiated with local sports authorities and would take place at the Rhein Energie Stadium.
"I advised Koelner Sportstaetten GmbH [stadium manager] against signing the agreement. During today’s security talks, the firm’s representatives said they had followed the advice and broke off negotiations with the organizer," Cologne police chief Juergen Mathies said in a statement.
Mathies said he had been following closely events inside Germany and abroad since last month. Tensions flared up in Turkey following the July 15 coup attempt and ensuing crackdown as well as its recent attacks on Kurdish militias.