PKK terrorist group continues fundraising activities in Europe (Europol report)

ANKARA

The PKK terror group is continuing its fundraising activities in Europe, law enforcement agency Europol said on Wednesday.

According to Europol’s 2022 annual report on the situation and trends of terrorism in the European Union by Europol, PKK organizations in the EU are coordinated by the European Congress of Kurdish Democratic Societies (KCDK-E), based in Belgium.

The report notes that the PKK terrorist group has continued its propaganda, protest, recruitment and fundraising activities across Europe despite COVID-19, and that money has been collected from European countries by through membership dues, publication sales, special events and campaigns.

PKK members were also involved in “organized criminal activities such as money laundering, racketeering, extortion and drug trafficking”, according to the report.

The report states that left-wing extremists from member states traveled to northeast Syria and northern Iraq and received military training from the YPG terrorist group, which is an offshoot of the PKK in Syria.

“Given the training and combat experience acquired there, it is believed that upon their return to the EU, these individuals have the potential to carry out violent attacks,” the report said.

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Sara H. Byrd