High rush at the mourning tent for Yasin Bulut in Sulaymaniyah

A mourning tent in Çarçira, where condolences are being offered for Yasin Bulut, is crowded. Lahur Şêx Cengî Talabani is among the guests paying their last respects to the PKK revolutionary who was shot dead in Sulaymaniyah on Friday.

The sympathy of mourners after the fatal assassination of Yasin Bulut is great. Many people have already visited the mourning tent set up in the Çarçira district in Sulaymaniyah, where condolences are being offered for the PKK revolutionary. Bulut had been shot dead in the same place on Friday by a death squad of the Turkish intelligence service as he was on his way to a hospital. The attack on the 64-year-old has caused great anger and horror within Kurdish society.

Among the guests paying their last respects to Yasin Bulut in the mourning tent is Lahur Şêx Cengî Talabanî. The nominal co-chairman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and critic of the Barzanî Party KDP is currently unable to hold office, as he was ousted in a coup in July. Talabanî described the assassination of Yasin Bulut as a "great catastrophe." He condemned this attack in the strongest possible terms and hoped that the intelligence services would catch those responsible as soon as possible. " Sulaymaniyah has always been considered one of the centers of the Kurdish national movement. I wish it would stay that way," Talabanî said. A condolence tent for Yasin Bulut has also been erected in the Maxmur refugee camp.

Who was Yasin Bulut?

Yasin Bulut (Şükrü Serhat) was born in 1957 in the province Kars. In 1978, he joined the newly founded PKK. He was arrested after the military coup of September 12, 1980. He spent his prison years with numerous other PKK cadres in the notorious dungeon of Diyarbakir, the "Hell of Amed." After his release in 1991, he took to the mountains. For the last 15 years, he has been an active member of the PKK Solidarity Committee with the Families of Martyrs. The committee has vowed retaliation for the murder of Yasin Bulut, stating, "The Turkish state wants to eliminate the Kurdish freedom movement because it considers it an obstacle to its colonialist goals."

PKK: Beginning of a Series of Political Assassinations

The PKK's Foreign Relations Committee has also strongly condemned the deadly attack on Yasin Bulut, calling it a "brutal massacre." "Our friend Yasin Bulut was murdered from behind in a vile way. This attack is not only against us, but against the entire population of the South and the stability in Sulaymaniyah," it said in a statement.

The fact that this murder occurred only one day after the attempted killing of Ferhat Barış Kondu, who fled Turkey, in Sulaymaniyah points to a "series of political murders" initiated by the "fascist Erdoğan government" and the Turkish intelligence service MIT, said the PKK and demanded an immediate statement and security-related measures from the regional government in Hewlêr (Erbil) and the security authorities in Sulaymaniyah.

Due to the freedom of movement granted to the MIT in Southern Kurdistan, a "perpetual state terror" prevails in the region, the PKK Committee said and added,  "Massacres of our people by the Turkish state also occur in all other parts of Kurdistan. This fact makes it imperative for all Kurds to take a united stand and act. The perpetrators must be apprehended immediately and their identities revealed. If this does not happen, the murderers will be encouraged to commit further massacres."