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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