Strasbourg, France, has today witnessed the greatest 15 February protest of the last 13 years.

Sixty thousand people from many countries in Europe have today demanded freedom for Öcalan and status for Kurdish people. 

The demo was staged after the arrival of Long March in Strasbourg on 17 February. The march left Geneva on 31 January to reach Strasbourg on Thursday, after 420 kilometers in Siberian temperatures. 

Making a speech in the meeting area, Kongra-Gel President Remzi Kartal called attention to the current situation of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan and condemned the increasing pressures of the AKP government. 

Speaking after, Öcalan’s lawyer Mahmut Şakar criticized the silence of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and European Court of Human Rights about the isolation imposed on Öcalan. 

One other speech was made by KNK President Tahir Kemalizade who called on European countries to respond to the Kurdish people’s demands for freedom. 

BDP Diyarbakır MP Emine Ayna also pointed out that the Kurdish people would continue to be on streets every day until the liberation of Öcalan. “Freedom for Öcalan to enable a free and equal life”, added Ayna. 

During the meeting, activists of the Long March declared the formation of “Council of Initiative for Freedom for Leader Öcalan” which consists of 183 activists of the Long March who have a symbolic value for starting the long march at the 183rd day of Öcalan’s isolation. It was stated that the Council would organize committees in many parts of Europe as well as leading the organization of Freedom for Öcalan campaign in national and international area. 

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Cold and Siberian temperatures have not stopped hundreds of Kurds to march for their freedom, freedom for their leader Abdullah Öcalan and the recognition of a Kurdish status. Organized by KON-KURD (Confederation of Kurdish Association in Europe) the march left Geneva on 31 January to reach Strasbourg on Thursday, after 420 kilometers. 

Before reaching the city centre, the march stopped in front of the European Parliament for a press meeting. 

The meeting was attended by Left Group deputuies Jurgen Klute, Marie Christine Vergiat, BDP deputy Emine Ayna and president of KON-KURD İsmet Kem.

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Hundreds have joined the Long March for freedom

The Long March “Freedom for Ocalan, Political Status for Kurdish People”, is just 70 kilometers from Strasbourg where tomorrow there will be the final meeting.

Along the path of freedom and protest in the cities of Switzerland and France, the protesters are now close to Strasbourg, where tens of thousands of Kurds from allover Europe will join them in a major rally to manifest their support and loyalty with the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Freedom Movement the PKK.

Activists moved yesterday morning towards the French town, Colmar, and marched another 25-30 kilometers in minus degrees. Along the road, at short breaks, they were provided with tea, chocolate, biscuits, nuts and sandwiches. 200 of the activists have been in the march since the beginning, in the early days of February.

Kurdistan Cultural Association held a concert in the evening where local artists, Hozan Bejan, Hozan Evindar Hawk War, Hozan Yaman and Simar Group Ela, performed music and theater. All the marchers participated in this event and the evening ended with Kurdish folklore dance and songs.

There has also been communication with Kurdistan via phone and online communications services such as Skype. In these conversations with associations and communities in Kurdistan the marchers have been able to express their motives and ambitions with the Long March in interaction with the Kurdish people in Amed, Merdin and Nisebin.

Today the marchers will walk to the European Parliament and a present a document regarding their demands and conduct meetings.

On the 17th of February the marchers will walk to the CPT where they will present a document regarding their demands and conduct meetings.

On the 18th of February the marchers will lead the central mass march and salute the people on stage where a speech will be delievered on behalf of the marchers.

Winter Freedom March

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Long March “Freedom for Ocalan, Political Status for Kurdish People”, reaches Strasbourg in 70 kilometers.

Along the path of freedom and protest in the cities of Switzerland and France, the protesters are now close to Strasbourg, where tens of thousands of Kurds from allover Europe will join them in a major rally to manifest their support and loyalty with the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Freedom Movement the PKK.

Activists moved this morning towards the French town, Colmar, and marched another 25-30 kilometers in minus degrees. Along the road, at short breaks, they were provided with tea, chocolate, biscuits, nuts and sandwiches. 200 of the activists have been in the march since the beginning, in the early days of February.

Kurdistan Cultural Association held an event at the evening where local artists, Hozan Bejan, Hozan Evindar Hawk War, Hozan Yaman and Simar Group Ela, performed music and theater. All the marchers participated in this event and the evening ended with Kurdish folklore dance and songs.

There has also been communication with Kurdistan via phone and online communications services such as Skype. In these conversations with associations and communities in Kurdistan the marchers have been able to express their motives and ambitions with the Long March in interaction with the Kurdish people in Amed, Merdin and Nisebin.

The Long Freedom March reached the city of Mulhouse in France yesterday morning at 8:30 AM after a further 20-kilometer march in minus 8 degrees on their way to Strasbourg for the major protest rally on February 18. Representatives from the Long  March met with the French Communist Party in Mulhouse for discussions on the current situation in Kurdistan and the complete isolation of the Kurdish leader Mr. Abdulla Ocalan.  Members of the Communist Party then joined the Kurdish activists for six kilometers in support of the Long Freedom March. 

European representative of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Faik Yağızaym, met with officials from the Municipality of Mulhausm together with delegations from the French Socialist Party and the French Communist Party. Faik Yağızay spoke to the media after the meeting and said that such meetings would continue in every city that the Long March passed. “Our meetings with politicans, journalists, academics and MP:s have been held after exhausting day-long marches in cold temperatures and harsh conditions, yet they have been a great platform for raising awareness and advocating the legitimate rights of the Kurdish people and the oppression of the Turkish authorities under the AKP government.”

The Long March will continue and activists aim to walk another 30 kilometers tomorrow. 

Kurdish Freedom March is 110 kilometers from its final destination in Strasbourg, France. 

The 420 km long march us Kurdish intellectuals living in Europe began on the 1st of February from Geneva under the demand of “Political status for Kurdistan and freedom for Abdullah Ocalan” is continuing despite the worst winter for 25 years.

We, Kurdish politicians, artists, journalists and Members of Parliament began our march on the 1st of February inGeneva and are heading towardsStrasbourg. We are continuing toStrasbourg having passed throughGeneva,Lausanne,Bern, Langenthal, Olten, Liestal andBasel.

Our main aim during this march is to raise awareness about the Kurdish question. We object to the isolation that the Kurdish people’s leader Mr. Abdullah Ocalan is being put through and demand for political status for the Kurdish people.

We are appealing to all our European friends to support us during our march through hills and rough roads in temperatures of -15 degrees.

We believe that the European public need to be better informed of the Kurdish people’s desire to find a democratic solution to the Kurdish question. We ask of you to be in solidarity with our march by releasing statements of support on behalf of your organisation, party or group. We believe that a well informed global public domain will hinder the breakout of war. An awareness of the anti-democratic and unlawful measures taken against the Kurdish people seems to be a prerequisite of a peaceful solution. The leader of the Kurdish people – who are still without status themselves – Mr. Abdullah Ocalan has been in isolation in Imrali Prison for 13 years. Whereas Mr. Ocalan constantly reiterates his desire to solve the Kurdish question through peaceful means. We believe he has a key role to play in the solution. Ocalan’s role in free circumstances can potentially play a big part in the democratic future of our peoples. Despite this obvious truth, the Turkish state, let alone giving Mr. Ocalan the opportunity to take part in the solution, is actually deepening the seclusion and systematically applying the isolation. It is a shame that that the CPT is acknowledging this treatment by keeping silent.

It is for the reasons stated above that we are calling on your support for our march in these freezing conditions.

The unity and solidarity of the forces of democracy will ensure a peaceful and democratic future!


We thank you in advance for your support.
Regards,

Organising Committee of the Long March

 

Please send us your message of support and solidarity to info@kon-kurd.org