‘Öcalan Books Day’ event in Sydney
As part of the international campaign Freedom for Öcalan – A Political Solution to the Kurdish Question" , 10 December was designated ‘Global Öcalan Books Day’, which was marked by masses all around the world.
On 10 October, a new international campaign called "Freedom for Öcalan – A Political Solution to the Kurdish Question" was launched with press conferences in 74 places around the world, from France, to Belgium, from Italy to the Spanish state, from Germany to the UK, from Ireland to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Cyprus, Greece and across the ocean in Australia, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador. From South Africa to Kenya, Japan, India, Bangladesh, East Timor, the Philippines. The campaign unites social movements, political parties, municipalities, trade unions, activists, intellectuals and millions of Kurds and people in solidarity with the Kurdish liberation struggle worldwide around a common goal: the participation of Abdullah Öcalan in a dialogue for a just and democratic political solution to the Kurdistan question in Turkey, which has remained unresolved for more than a century.
As part of the international campaign, 10 December was designated ‘Global Öcalan Books Day’ to “start reading a book from Öcalan to find methods to solve our common problems and create a future of freedom.”
An event was organized in front of Parliament House in Sydney, where sections from Abdullah Öcalan’s books were read and the global demand for his freedom was voiced.
The books of the Kurdish leader were exhibited at a booth, where not only Kurdish activists, but also Greens Senator David Shoebridge, Green Left paper editor Peter Boyle and Documentary Filmmaker Jake Loyds made speeches and read passages from Öcalan’s books.
Dr Vicki Sentas, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law, and Lee Rhiannon, former Greens Senator for New South Wales, couldn’t attend the event and sent video messages, in which they called for the delisting of the PKK for a peaceful and democratic solution to the Kurdish question and freedom for Abdullah Öcalan.
The event concluded with the chants of “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan”.