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Supporters of YPG/PKK terrorist group protest NATO membership deal

Chanting slogans against the Finnish government in front of parliament, YPG/PKK sympathizers unfurled banners symbolizing the terror group, which Helsinki has pledged not to support.

Supporters of the YPG/PKK terrorist organization protested against the recent memorandum between Turkey, Sweden and Finland on NATO membership. (AA)

Supporters of the YPG/PKK terrorist organization staged a demonstration in the Finnish capital to protest against the agreement signed last month with Turkey to guarantee NATO membership.

Gathered outside the Finnish parliament in Helsinki on Wednesday, protesters unfurled banners symbolizing the terror group.

They also chanted slogans against the policies of President Sauli Niinisto and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, saying: “Finland for sale, not to NATO”.

Finland and Sweden formally applied for NATO membership in June, a decision prompted by the Russian offensive in Ukraine. But Türkiye, a member of the alliance for 70 years, voiced objections, criticizing both countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.

The trilateral agreement signed between the countries in June stipulates that Finland and Sweden will not provide support to the YPG/PKK terrorist group or the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

The agreement also stipulates that Ankara gives its full support to Finland and Sweden against threats to their national security.

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The Nordic countries’ membership requires the unanimous approval of the 30 NATO member countries.

Turkey has criticized European countries for allowing PKK and YPG/PKK demonstrations and other events, despite their status as terrorist groups with the blood of thousands on their hands.

In its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated July 15, 2016 coup in Türkiye, in which 252 people were killed and 2,734 injured.

FETO is behind a long campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, especially the military, police and judiciary.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies