They are in Turkish custody or have been banned from leaving the country. The allegations: insulting the president and membership or support of alleged terrorist organizations.

According to the Federal Foreign Office, Turkey is currently preventing 104 German nationals from leaving for Germany.

55 German citizens are in Turkish custody, and an exit ban has been imposed on 49 others, as the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” and “Stuttgarter Zeitung” reported, citing a response from the Foreign Office to a request from the left-wing member of the Bundestag Gökay Akbulut. The answer was also available from the German Press Agency. At the end of June 2021, 62 German nationals were in Turkish custody, and 54 other cases were banned from leaving the country.

“Many people entering Turkey are detained simply because of posts on social media. Among other things, they are accused of insulting the president and sometimes even membership or support of alleged terrorist organizations,” Akbulut told the dpa. The federal government must take a more courageous stand against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and thus strengthen the oppressed dissidents in Turkey.