Long march demanding “Freedom for Öcalan, justice for Kurds” on day 9

The Long March in France, which started on 22 January demanding the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and justice for Kurds, continued on its ninth day.

The Democratic Kurdish Council of France (CDK-F) and the Kurdish Women's Movement in France (TJK-F) launched on 22 January 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 continued on its 9th day in Limay. During today’s stage of the march, thousands of leaflets were distributed to raise awareness of the people in the neighbourhood, while French shopkeepers and institutions in the region were presented with files on the unlawful and intense isolation conditions in which Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan is being held. Meanwhile, workers in the surrounding area saluted the march.

Former HDP MP Nursel Aydoğan sent a video message to the activists and said, “Mr Abdullah Öcalan has been subjected to aggravated isolation, which is a crime against humanity, for 25 years, the last 34 months of which have been marked by absolute isolation. Of course, the resistance and struggle of our peoples against this crime against humanity has been going on for 25 years. I salute the freedom march, which is a part of this struggle and resistance, which started in Paris and will continue until the CPT in Strasbourg, and I invite all our people, our friends, everyone who demands a solution and peace to the rally 'Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, a political solution to the Kurdish question’ that will be held on 17 February 2024 in Cologne, where we will meet with the freedom marchers."

The activists partaking in the action sang enthusiastically throughout the march, chanting slogans for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and making statements in French over the loudspeakers.

The postcards collected during the march were sent to the island of Imrali, where Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan is kept under intense isolation.

A film screening will be held today at the regional community centre at 18:00 local time.

Tomorrow's stage of the march (10th day) will take place in Melun, south of Paris.