Police estimates indicate that between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended the pro-Erdogan demonstration.
Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) hired security guards to probe all those who entered the protest. Some flagpoles and larger sticks were confiscated under the supervision of Nordrhein Westfalen police officers.
Ali and friends smoking outside a cafe in Kalk – a predominantly Turkish area of Cologne.
Police observes the protesters.
Erdogan flags and posters seen around the demonstration
Young man shouts ‘Allah Akbar’
Some of the buses, which were organised by the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) to take protesters to and from the demonstration.
The construction of the mosque started in 2009. It has become the center of controversy along the way.
Inside the DITIBs central mosque in Cologne. Various ethnicities and nationalities attend the prayers.
Posters are still portraying the Architectural-visualisation of the mosque; it was due to be completed in 2012.
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