Bern stage of Geneva-Strasbourg march completed

The Bern stage of the Geneva-Strasbourg march demanding “Freedom for Öcalan, status for Kurdistan” has been completed.

The long march to Strasbourg, which started in Geneva on Monday, has passed through Bern today. The demonstration, which will last several days, calls for freedom for Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and political status for Kurdistan. The march is attended by Kurdish politicians in exile, artists, intellectuals and representatives of various institutions. A delegation of activists held talks with political parties and civil society organizations in Geneva and Lausanne about the situation in Kurdistan.

Today's stage began with a minute's silence at Zollikofen railway station and ended with a rally at Waisenhaus Square, which was also visited by a group of Swiss national parliament members who expressed their solidarity.

Socialist Party Chairperson for Bern and Canton parliament member Ursula Marti, Federal Parliament members Fabian Molina and Tamara Funiciello and MP Roland Gurtner, who joined the activists together with his wife throughout the day, spoke at the rally.

The parliamentarians expressed their support for the demonstrators and voiced their solidarity with the Kurdish people.

Another speech was held in the name of RJG Bern which is formed by internationalist youth from Switzerland.

Following the rally, the activists joined a seminar organised by the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E) in the Kurdish Community Centre.

The march will resume in the Basel city on Thursday.