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German Police Arrest Pirate Party Leader for Citing Anti-Erdogan Satire

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Berlin chairman of the German Pirate Party Bruno Kramm was arrested by police for citing anti-erdogan satire poem, according to the party’s statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Berlin chairman of the German Pirate Party Bruno Kramm was detained by police during a protest against the government’s decision to open inquiry into a comedian’s satiric poem mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the party’s statement.

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Last week, Berlin sanctioned the launch of an investigation against German comedian Jan Boehmermann over a controversial obscene poem that the satirist recited on German TV targeting the Turkish leader.

"The demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy was dispersed. Bruno Kramm was arrested for citing Böhmermann’s poem," the statement published Friday on the Pirate Party’s Twitter page reads.

Kramm violated the same section of the German criminal code, which allowed opening proceedings against Boehmermann. The section 103 prohibits "defamation of organs and representatives of foreign states."

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