Activists from Marseille take over Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg

A group of activists from Marseille took over the Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg. The action is on its 603rd week.

The Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Vigil was launched on 25 June 2012 in Strasbourg, with the aim of ensuring the physical freedom of the Kurdish People's Leader and ending the isolation imposed on him. The action continues in its 603rd week.

This week, three activists from Marseille took over the vigil.

The activists are Nihat Ildan, Diyadin Gülen and Taner Karakaya.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Nihat Ildan said that the European Council and the European Parliament should fulfil their responsibilities towards Abdullah Öcalan, and added that there has been no news from the Kurdish leader for three years. Ildan added that the CPT should go to Imralı Island again and hold talks with the Kurdish people’s leader and the other prisoners held there.

"We salute the hunger strikes launched by prisoners and the vigil carried out by the Peace Mothers to break the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan and ensure his freedom," said Ildan, asking the Kurdish people not to leave the prisoners and Peace Mothers alone.

Ildan called on Kurds living in Europe to intervene in the international campaign launched on 10 October by participating in all actions demanding freedom for Abdullah Öcalan.