Final Newroz event kicks off in Amed

Thousands demand the freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan at the closing Newroz event in Amed (Diyarbakir).

The final celebration of 2023 Newroz, which kicked off on March 10 under the motto "Her der Newroz, her dem azadi" and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Maraş-centred earthquakes on February 6, is being held at the Newroz Park in Amed's central Bağlar district.

The posters of Mahsa Aminî, who was murdered by the Iranian morality police, and Kemal Kurkut, who was murdered by the Turkish police during the 2017 Amed Newroz, are displayed across the celebration area.


Having tried to provoke the crowd in the Newroz area last year, the police this year built a 5-meter-high wire fence between the main stage and the gathering area. Young people, climbing the wire fence with their banners, protested the police by chanting slogans. The police failed in their attempt to attack the young people, due to the 5-meter-high wire fence.


The youth and women protested the Imrali isolation in the Newroz area, chanting slogans in favour of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The participants in this year’s Newroz in Amed include:

Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair Berdan Öztürk, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair Saliha Aydeniz, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Mithat Sancar, Green-Left Future Party (Green-Left Party) Co-Spokeswoman Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar , Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) Deputy Co-Chair Beycan Taşkıran, SAMER Chairman of the Board Yüksel Genç, Co-Chair of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Öztürk Türkdoğan, Peace Mothers' Assembly, Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK) Co-Chair Şükran Kablan Yeşil , the June 5th Families Initiative and Suruç Families, the Workers' Party of Turkey (TIP) and Labour Party (EMEP).

The special guests of the Newroz celebration are Ferit Şenyaşar from the Şenyaşar Family, Başak Demirtaş, wife of former HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, and Zeynep Mızraklı, wife of former Amed Co-Mayor Selçuk Mızraklı.

The MED TUHAD-FED, the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), Pir Sultan Abdal Association, MED-DER, the Kurdish Institute, Rosa Women's Association, Amedspor, Chair of Amed Bar Association Nahit Eren, Chair of Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mehmet Kaya, Chair of GÜNSİAD Nurullah Edemen also participate in the celebration as special guests.

The Amed Newroz kicked off following a moment of silence.