Germany: Turks protest ‘unfair’ media coverage outside Bild offices

Turkish community representatives gathered outside Europe's largest publishing house in Berlin on Sunday to protest against alleged unfair media coverage. Around 100 people protested outside the Axel Springer HQ — home of Bild, Die Welt, and Fakt — under the motto «I am Ozil» in reference to scandal over German footballer of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil. Many demonstrators held Turkish flags and... Еще wore jerseys with Ozil's name on them as well as T-shirts depicting the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. «What they say about the Turkish democracy. All these things during the last years — we've exploded and we are saying — stop right now, stop,» said activist Bilgili Uretmen, who underlined that the scandal over Mesut Ozil was the last straw. Earlier in the month, Ozil retired from international football at the age of 29, citing 'disrespect, insults and pressure'. He and teammate Ilkay Gundogan were widely criticised for posing in a photograph alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with many questioning their loyalty to Germany's values.

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