A Personal Police Guard Has Been Given to Cem Özdemir

ooooA personal police guard has been given to a Turkish-origin German politician who has received multiple death threats after the Bundestag’s approval of a resolution recognizing the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians at the hands of Ottomans as “genocide.”

The co-chair of the Greens in Germany, Cem Özdemir, who played an active role in the approval of the bill, has been receiving death threats since the vote on June 2, his executive assistant said on June 5.

“We are in close contact with the security units. We got used to insults and swearings. However we have never received the amount of death threats we received in the recent days,” Marc Berthold said, adding that the threats were forwarded to the police.

The threats, which were sent via social media, e-mail and letters, were collected by Greens officials and the police were investigating their origins.

The number of guards assigned to protect Özdemir was not disclosed, as his family and house were also placed under protection.

“Unfortunately there are Turkish PEGIDA members. Germany doesn’t grant privilege to far rightists,” said Özdemir, referring to the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident.

“It’s said that there are far rightists in Turkey and among the Turks in Germany,” he added.