The sea of flags on the Cologne Domplatte: Again and again there is a fuss about street art. The latest twist: Next to the flags painted in bright chalk colors on the pavement, the flag of Turkey suddenly blows in the wind as a small flag. Background of the story:The host of a Turkish TV show, accompanied by cameramen, had demanded a street artist drastically to remove the Turkish flag painted on the pavement immediately.It would not be appropriate to place flags as an honorable state symbol on dirty ground and then to cover them with a pile of coins as in a casino. When the street artist refused to comply with the demands (“Take this away, now!”), the Turkish nationalist wiped the Turkish flag (and that of the sister people of Azerbaijan) with his own hands, which resulted in tumultuous scenes:
Passers-by interfered, also a man from the garbage collection, the Turkey moderator and the flag painter insulted each other before two policemen tried to calm the situation down.
The Turkish nationalist had hoped in vain for support from the police officers. He said in front of the camera: “The policemen say it is none of their business. It was artistic freedom to paint the flags like this.Then the TV man brings the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan into play. He finally equates his flag action with what Erdogan has done. This means:
For the photos at G-20 or NATO summits, the positions of the heads of state and government are marked with a small flag on the ground. Erdogan is the only one of the politicians to bend down afterwards, pick up the Turkish mini flag and put it in his jacket pocket.
In any case, the action in Cologne has had consequences. To avoid trouble, many street artists no longer paint the Turkish flag on the ground, but use a real fabric flag, which even flutters often in the winds that blow at the cathedral. focus.de
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