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February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of Öcalan's arrest

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February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of Öcalan's arrest

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:58 pm

Freedom for Öcalan

Countless people around the world are taking to the streets this Saturday to express their demand for freedom for Abdullah Öcalan

February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of the international plot to arrest Öcalan and send him to Turkey.

Originally Öcalan received the death penalty which was then commuted to life imprisonment on the prison island of Imrali.

For 22 years, Öcalan has been held in absolute solitary confinement on the island in the Sea of Marmara, broken only by sporadically authorized visits from family members and lawyers.

The last contact with Öcalan was in 2020 when a family visit took place on March 3, after there had been a fire on Imrali about a week earlier. On April 27, the authorities authorized a telephone conversation with his brother. Since then, Öcalan has again been completely isolated from the outside world.

STRASBOURG

Since last year, the protests against 22 years of torture system on Imrali have reached a special quality, because since November 27, a hunger strike against Öcalan's isolation and the destructive prison conditions in Turkey has been taking place in Turkish prisons.

The co-president of the Kurdish European umbrella organization KCDK-E, Fatoş Göksungur, also drew attention to this at a rally in Strasbourg, France. Her criticism was directed in particular at the ignorance of Europe and European institutions in the face of the prison conditions on Imrali.

The Strasbourg rally took place at Place de la République, followed by a short march to the European Parliament. Slogans such as "Down with Turkish fascism", "Long live Ocalan" and "We are all PKK" were shouted. The demonstration ended in front of the buildings of the Council of Europe and the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), exactly at the place where a permanent vigil for Öcalan's freedom has been held for nine years.

ROME

In the Italian capital Rome, people gathered in front of the headquarters of the public broadcaster Rai. The rally was attended by Kurdish activists from the Kurdistan Information Office, members of the grassroots unions Cobas and Cub, representatives of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the Italian section of the women's movement "Non una di meno", and students.

Speeches called on the Italian government, the EU and the United Nations to act against the "murderous policies of dictator Erdogan" and the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan. An appeal was made to the Italian media to deal more intensively with the Kurdish question.

SYDNEY

There was also a rally in the Australian city of Sydney, which was attended primarily by prominent figures from civil society and politics. In addition to Greens MP David Shoebridge and Greens ex-senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian cleric Bill Crews, Susan Price of the Progressive Alliance and trade unionist Mansour Rezaqi were also present.

In a statement made here, the international conspiracy was described as a "stain on the history of democracy and human rights". The statement said that Öcalan, as a person committed to peace, belonged not behind bars but alongside his people; "We, as advocates of peace and democracy, will continue to work for his liberation. Just as we fought for Nelson Mandela's freedom, we will fight to free Abdullah Öcalan.”

In a following speech, a representative of the Kurdish community addressed the Turkish military aggression in the guerrilla area of Gare. The attack, which was directed against the "achievements of the Kurdish people," was strongly condemned. The activist appealed to the international community to stand with the Kurds in solidarity.

As part of the action, one of 22 minibuses currently touring the world as mobile Öcalan libraries under the slogan "The time has come: Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan" drove up to the square in Sydney. The activists set up a stand and distributed small brochures with selected texts from the PKK founder's defense writings on the topics of democratic confederalism, women's liberation and democratic nationhood.

MILAN

A demonstration was organised at Piazza Scala in the Italian city of Milan in protest at the international conspiracy. Kurds and their Italian friends exposed the role of international forces in the conspiracy, as well as the aggravated isolation systematically imposed on Öcalan by the Turkish state since 1999 under the supervision of international colonialist powers and attempts to subdue the Kurds and other peoples in the Middle East.

Speakers underlined that their actions would continue until the isolation is ended and Öcalan gains his physical freedom and vowed further expansion of “The Time Has Come” campaign.

BRUSSELS

In Belgium’s capital Brussels, a demonstration at Porte de Namur condemned the international conspiracy. Kongra-Gel Co-chair Remzi Kartal, a representative of the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Belgium and Medya Rojava in the name of the KCDK-E Co-presidency Council addressed the crowd.

NUREMBERG

Organised by Medya People’s House, the demonstration at Hallplatz in Nuremberg was attended by various groups including Kurdistan Communities Federation, German Interventionist Left, Partizan, AGİF, SYKP and MVH.

The activists set up a stand introducing Öcalan’s defense writings and books and distributed them to their German friends.

PARIS

Masses took to the streets in French capital Paris in protest at the international conspiracy of 15 February 1999 and the aggravated isolation imposed on Öcalan since. While the banners, speeches slogans of the crowd demanded “Freedom for Öcalan”, demonstrators also protested the ongoing Turkish invasion operation in Gare and commended the resistance of the guerrillas against occupation attempts.

The march ended at Châtelet where a minute’s silence was observed for all the martyrs of the Kurdish freedom struggle and speakers vowed to be on the streets until Öcalan gains his physical freedom.

NANTES

Kurds and their friends living in the cities of Nantes, Rennes, Lorient and Vannes gathered at Place du Commerce in Nantes to protest against the international conspiracy and Turkish invasion operation in Gare.

The march through the city was accompanied by slogans that condemned the Turkish dictator and his genocidal campaign against the Kurdish people and commended the resistance of the guerilla forces.

Speakers defined the attack on Gare as a continuation of the international conspiracy and stated that their actions will continue until the isolation of Öcalan is brought to an end and his freedom is achieved.

Friends of the Kurdish people also spoke and gave messages of solidarity with their struggle.

BREMEN

The demonstration in the German city of Bremen was joined by hundreds of Kurds from Hamburg, Kiel, Lubeck and Oldenburg.

The march kicked off from HBF following a speech by FED-DEM co-chair Sait Bilgin who condemned the international powers involved in the conspiracy and called on European states to stop helping Erdoğan and ignoring the legitimate demands of the Kurdish people to avoid being a party to this atrocity.

Speakers from Shengal Diaspora Assembly and NAV-YEK pointed out the role of the PKK that did not allow ISIS to commit a genocider against the Yazidi people in Shengal.

The march was concluded with a rally in front of Bremen State Parliament.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:31 am

Adds for Öcalan’s freedom

A full-page advertisement has been published in the British newspapers Daily Mirror, Brentwood Recorder and Wood and Wale under the headline "Join the campaign to free Abdullah Öcalan. Help bring about peace in Turkey and the Middle East”.

Actions and activities demanding freedom for Abdullah Öcalan continue all around the world.

Trade unions representing millions of workers have launched a “Freedom for Öcalan” campaign in the UK at the 22nd anniversary of his abduction from Kenya to Turkey in an international plot on 15 February 1999.

14 trade unions representing over six million workers, including Unite the Union, GMB, NEU, USDAW, FBU, continue their activities together with the British Kurdish People’s Council. Full-page advertisements promoted by the unions are published on newspapers to highlight the demand for the freedom of the Kurdish leader.

British Kurdish People’s Council co-presidents Elif Sarıcan and Ercan Akbal stated that the trade unions have given an advertisement to all the newspapers published throughout the country and did not leave anyone unreached.

The advertisement published by Daily Mirror, Brentwood Recorder and Wood and Wale calls for participation in the “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan” campaign. The advertisement has already appeared on 22 newspapers which will be followed by 66 other newspapers next week.

Ocalan is a sick old man and it is time he was released on compassionate grounds.

Ocalan has failing eyesight and heart problems, it is a wonder he has managed to survive 22 years of isolation, deprivation, torture and brainwashing.

Throughout all that time he has lived with the very real threat of execution, especially since a few years ago Erdogan's stated his intention of reinstating the death penalty.
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Re: February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of Öcalan's arres

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:50 am

Since the division of Kurdistan, against the wishes and without the consent of the Kurdish population, Kurds have attempted numerous uprisings and armed revolutions to gain their rights. JM

Sadly, all the leaders of those Kurdish liberation movements have been exiled, imprisoned or executed. Below we mention just a few examples:

Sheikh Abdulsalam Barzani was executed by the Turks in the Mosel Prison in1914

Sheikh Mahmoud Hafid King of Kurdistan 1919-1924 was exiled to India.

Sheikh Saeed Piran in 1925 and Sayed Reza in 1939 were executed.

Apo Osman Sabri in 1936 was exiled to Madagascar and has been imprisoned 18 times.

Qazi Muhammad President of Kurdistan Republic in 1946 was executed.

General Mustafa Barzani with 500 fighters was exiled to Soviet Union 1947-1958.

Dr Abdulrahman Qasimlo was assassinated in Vienna 1989.

Dr Saeed Sharafkendi was assassinated in Berlin 1993.
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Re: February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of Öcalan's arres

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:53 pm

The 15 February 1999 international
conspiracy in Abdullah Öcalan's words


Öcalan: "My intention was to find a democratic platform for the Kurdish question. Had I found support for this, it would also have been possible to push Turkey in this direction. However, Europe seemed not interested in a solution to the Kurdish problem."...

We can completely abandon separatism and violence in the present system if the Kurds are no longer excluded from a process in which they have participated together with the Turks in the course of history: the formation of a state and a nation to which both Kurds and Turks contributed alike. A republic, however, which is based on the denial of Kurdish demands for freedom, leads to separatism and violence. If the republic opens to the self-determination of its peoples within the boundaries of the republic, we might have a peaceful future together.

After some time of being imprisoned, demoralised, tortured, brainwashed, manipulated and kept in complete isolation did Ocalan really decide to become a TRAITOR to all those THOUSANDS of brave Kurds who died fighting for Kurdish Independence.

I do NOT believe that and neither did his friends.

And anyway such a decision was NOT his alone to make. Remember Ocalan was elected spokesperson for the PKK due to his charismatic personality, there are other members of the original group who are still out in the mountains who believe in and are fighting for Kurdish freedom.

There are THOUSANDS of PKK Freedom Fighters who joined the PKK to fight for - and die for if need be - a FREE KURDISTAN
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Re: February 15 marks the 22nd anniversary of Öcalan's arres

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:09 pm

Ten small local newspapers in UK publish

“The Time has Come, Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan”

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Ten newspapers in the UK, the Hucknall Dispatch, The Gazette, The Guardian, Advertiser, Rasen Mail, Sunderland Echo, Sleaford Standard, Visitor, The News Courier and The Bucks Herald, published the call “The Time has Come, Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan”

Sadly, these are small local papers, none of which have a large readership or any political leverage.

They may draw attention to the aggravated isolation imposed on Abdullah Öcalan and demanding his freedom, the call said: “Nobody has suffered as much as the Kurdish community.

The Kurdish community defeated ISIS on the battlefield with heroic efforts. It is building a new life and social structure in northern and eastern Syria. The Kurdish community has repeatedly wanted a peacefully negotiated solution. Despite all these efforts, the Turkish military and its mercenary allies attack the Kurds and commit violence and massacres.

The world just watches this. The ongoing peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdish political leader Abdullah Öcalan between 2013-15 was voided by Erdoğan. It's time to stop this trend. It is time to return to a new peace process."

The declaration also emphasized that it is time to end the inhuman isolation and 20 years of imprisonment of Abdullah Öcalan, and added: "It is time for Abdullah Öcalan to play the main role in bringing peace.”

Stressing that all political leaders, civil society and the international public should take action in the “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan" campaign to open the doors that are closed to peace, the call stated that it is time to act before it is too late.”

The demands of the call are as follows:

    * Immediately end the isolation imposed on Abdullah Öcalan.

    * Release the captive Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Put an end to the policies of pressure and intimidation against the opposition.

    * All political prisoners in Turkish prisons should be released.

    * End operations in Northern and Eastern Syria and Iraq. Support a new peace process with international support and initiatives.

Sadly, these demands have no chance of succeeding

There is no way Erdogan is going to release thousands of Kurdish prisoners

Were they too have only one important demand they may succeed:

    Abdullah Öcalan should be freed
    due to his age and his deteriorating health
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