Kurds in Europe celebrate 15 August

Kurds living in Europe celebrated the anniversary of the 15 August 1984 Initiative with various activities.

The people of Kurdistan came together in many cities of Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands to celebrate the anniversary of the 15 August 1984 Initiative.


Hundreds of people from Bern, Biel and Friborg joined the celebration in Biel.

The celebration in the picnic area in Ipsach began with a minute of silence. Kurdish politician Fırat Umut spoke at the event which was also addressed by the co-chairs of the Regional Assembly.

Umut underlined that 15 August 1984 was a turning point in the Kurdish Freedom Struggle and its attacks to the denial policies against Kurds.


A celebration was held at the picnic area in Schafisheim in Aarau, Switzerland. The event was promoted by the CDK.

PKK, YPG, YPJ flags and photos of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan were hung in the celebration area. CDK Aarau co-chair Hasan Vural, CDK Switzerland co-chair Ali Şimşek and Tevgera Ciwanên Şoreşger (TCS) and Tevgera Jinên Azad activist Faraşin Botan addressed the crowd after a minute silence to honour the martyrs of freedom.


Kurdish people living in and around Stuttgart gathered at a picnic area in the town of Kornwestheim.

The celebration area was equipped with photos of Abdullah Öcalan, Zeki Şengalî and guerrilla commander Atakan Mahir.

Kurdish politician Imam Canpolat made a speech at the celebration which started with a minute silence.


The 15 August Initiative was also celebrated in Heilbornn, Germany. In the speeches here it was underlined how 15 August opened the way to freedom of the Kurdish people. 


Hundreds of people attended the event organized at Frankfurt DTKM. Delal Dersim made a speech after the minute silence in memory of the martyrs of the revolution. 

Kurdish politician Kemal Aktaş said that 15 August is very valuable and meaningful for the Kurdish people. He stated that on 15 August 1984 a resistance began against the policy of elimination against Kurds.

Hejar Temo and Firat Kirmizoglu's songs accompanied the celebration.


The celebration in Strandbar began with a minute silence in memory of all the Kurdistan freedom martyrs beginning with Mazlum Korkmaz, who shot the first bullet on 15 August 1984.

DKTM co-chairs Ibrahim Hezex and Leyla Saroxan underlined the importance of this historic date.

Politician Rojhat Gebar said: "The first bullet fired on 15 August 1984 was a bullet aimed at fascism. Then resistance began."

Martyr Xebat Music Group, Koma Zaroke Tirej Choral Group, Şanoya Martyr Xebat, Koma Demhat Tirej Music Group, Sanoya Demhat Tirej and artist Bengi Agiri took the stage.


Speaking at the celebration organised in Hamburg, DKTM Representative Imam Cömert stated that a new struggle process had begun on 15 August 1984 in the history of Kurdish people.


The celebration in Freiburg was held at Opfingerstrasse. 

Speeches commended the martyrs of freedom.


Kurds came together in Den Haag to celebrate the 15 August Initiative in an event organsed by DEM-NED.