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Tuesday, February 23, 1999 Published at 14:05 GMT

World: Europe

German Minister warns Kurds against violence

To follow Ocalan Charged The German Interior Minister, Otto Schily, has warned that the government will no longer tolerate violent protests in support of Abdullah Ocalan.

The capture of Mr Ocalan last week sparked a wave of violent demonstrations across Europe -- especially in Germany, where an estimated half-a-million Kurds live.

Mr Schily said militant Kurds should expect the full force of the law if the demonstrations continue.

Mr Mr Schily's warning came as interior ministers from the European Union were meeting at an undisclosed location in Germany to discuss the Kurdish question and Mr Ocalan's trial .

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