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  • A banner hangs on a squatter house in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2016. The words read 'Against repression in Turkey! Solidarity with Kurdish resistance'.

    A banner hangs on a squatter house in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2016. The words read 'Against repression in Turkey! Solidarity with Kurdish resistance'. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 April 2016

Kato Arslan was put on the ground by police officers with their legs on his back long enough to suffocate him.

German police officers killed a Kurdish-German man after pressing against his back for more than seven minutes as he laid on the ground in the city of Kleve when the officers intervened to stop a fight the 32-year old man was engaged in, the Kurdish news agency ANF reported Thursday.

Kato Arslan’s brother told the agency that police officers pressed against his back for at least seven minutes as he laid down on his chest.

“After a while, Arslan’s brother noticed that Arslan was not moving and warned the police about this issue. Police officers then turned Arslan around and gave him CPR, but Arslan died due to lack of breath,” the agency reported.

Locals said that the police intervention came after a fight had broken between the Kurdish man and several people in the neighborhood.

Arslan was born to a Kurdish family in the Kurdish city of Urfa’s. He lived here until he was  five years old and moved to Germany in 1989 with his family.

He belongs to the Kurdish Êzîdî community, many of whom migrated to Germany due to the oppression in Turkey.

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