Long March continues in Nantes on its fifth day

The Long March, which started in Paris on Monday demanding freedom for Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and justice for Kurds, continues in Nantes on its fifth day.

The Democratic Kurdish Council of France (CDK-F) and the Kurdish Women's Movement in France (TJK-F) are organising a 25-day-long march for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan from Paris to Strasbourg, where the European Union institutions are located. The march is taking place under the slogan "Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, Justice for Kurds" as part of the international campaign "Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question", which was launched worldwide on 10 October 2023.

The march, which started on Monday, 22 January, kicked off from Place du Commerce in the city of Nantes on the 5th day.

During the march, activists distributed leaflets to the people and shopkeepers in the neighbourhood. The activists also visited French tradesmen and institutions and presented information files on the conditions of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan's isolation. Information about the purpose of the action was also announced over loudspeakers.

In addition, postcards collected along the road were sent to Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is kept under absolute isolation in İmralı.

In the evening, a large public meeting will be held at the Nantes Community Centre.

The march will end in Strasbourg on 15 February, the anniversary of the international conspiracy against Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. The founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was abducted from Kenya on 15 February 1999 with the cooperation of international secret services. This act of piracy, contrary to international law, had begun with Öcalan's forced departure from Syria on 9 October 1998. The Kurdish community is taking the upcoming anniversary of his abduction as an opportunity to demand the release of the 74-year-old leader and a political solution to the Kurdish question.