Activists from Norway take over the Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Vigil

A group of activists from Norway took over the Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg.

The Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Initiative launched the Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg on 25 June 2012 to ensure the physical freedom of the Kurdish people's leader and to end the isolation imposed on him.

The Freedom vigil is being carried out every week by a different group of activists and organisations coming from various parts of Europe.

This week, the 499th, a group from Norway took over the vigil. Ismail Salam, Shwan Kerküki and Aso Faqe are part of the group that took over the vigil on behalf of KCDK–E Bashur (South Kurdistan).

Speaking on behalf of the group, İsmail Salam drew attention to the importance of the vigil by saying, that "the country we come from is cold, but this vigil warmed us up because it is a step we took for our Leader's freedom."

Salam added: "We have come a distance of 1,500 km to take over this vigil which is an important duty."

Salam said that national unity is essential for the freedom of Kurdish people's leader and for a free Kurdistan, and added that "the Kurdish people have demonstrated their will for the establishment of a free Kurdistan with the action they have been carrying out for the past 9 years. The Kurds will not give up their leadership and Kurdistan. We will fight to achieve their most basic rights. "

The activist called on Europe "not be partners in Turkey's crimes and to fulfil their duties and take steps to lift the isolation imposed on Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan and ensure his freedom."