Germany: 5,000 denounce Turkish offensive on Afrin in Cologne 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Cologne on Saturday, in a nationwide demonstration to condemn Turkey's ongoing Operation 'Olive Branch' against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Protesters marched through the city and held banners reading «We are all Afrin» and «In Afrin, humanity will be defended», amongst... Еще others. «We need help, we need the world to know that we have fought as Kurds against the IS, and we are not just here to be used, rather we are a people and there are over 50 million Kurds in this world,» said one protester named Jouan Ali. On January 20 the Turkish president launched the military operation into Syria dubbed 'Olive Branch' targeting Kurdish 'terrorists' across the border. Turkish forces have been accused of targeting civilian areas in the region. UNICEF recently condemned the operation as causing a dramatic rise in the number of children killed in Syria. Turkey views the YPG, which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).