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        3/17/2012, Adar 23, 5772

      Turkish PM to Receive Tolerance Prize in Germany


      After the death of 12 Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a trip to Germany on Saturday. He was scheduled to receive the Steiger Award, an award given to individuals who display honesty, openness, responsiblity and hardwork, from the west German town of Bochum. However, thousands of protesters went ahead with a rally against the decision to award him a tolerance prize. An estimated 22,000 people from local Alevi, Kurdish and Armenian groups who oppose the policies of Erdogan's AK party joined a pre-planned protest rally in Bochum.