German consulate in Greece occupied over Afrin

Germany’s consulate on the Greek island of Crete was briefly occupied Friday by protesters decrying Turkey’s offensive in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, police said.

“A group of persons entered the consulate, took down frames from the walls and put up banners. Then they left,” a police spokesperson said.

A banner reading “Resistance is life, solidarity to Afrin” was pictured hanging from the balcony of the consulate in Iraklio, Crete.

The spokesperson declined to comment on reports that the protesters also damaged equipment in the consulate, and made away with the German flag.

There were no arrests and no injuries were reported.

The German embassy in Athens could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ankara on Jan. 20 launched a military operation supporting Syrian rebels against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in its enclave of Afrin.

Turkey says the YPG is a “terrorist” offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

There are frequent protests in Greece – traditional rivals of Turkey – in support of the Kurds.