Long March for the Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan on its 8th day

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

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 eighth day in Mantes la Jolie, starting from Kurdish People's Association.

During 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 isolation conditions in which Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan is being held.

Courrier de Mantes newspaper, which was among the institutions visited, expressed its solidarity with the Kurdish people and stated that they would publish a news report on the long march, the Cologne rally and the isolation of Öcalan on 30 January.

The representatives of the long march also gave a dossier on the conditions of Abdullah Öcalan's isolation to the city municipality.

During the march, activists sang enthusiastically and frequently chanted slogans in favour of Abdullah Öcalan's freedom, while the conditions of the Kurdish People's Leader's isolation were explained in French through loudspeakers.

CDK-F co-chair Şahin Polat made a speech in front of the city municipality, stating the following: "Mr Öcalan is the only person who can bring peace to Kurdistan and the Middle East with his idea of Democratic Confederalism. It should be known that the fascist Erdoğan, who has imprisoned thousands of students, academics and journalists, has also displaced thousands of people from their homes. Our demand from the international powers is this; Erdoğan, who has signed international conventions but uses chemical weapons against Kurdish guerrillas, should be pressured to fulfil the requirements of these conventions."

Addressing the French people in the neighbourhood, Şahin reminded them of the great price that the Kurdish people, who fought against ISIS barbarism with great sacrifice, paid and continue to pay for democracies all over the world, and emphasised that everyone should stand by the Kurds in this struggle for freedom.

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

After the march, a public meeting will be held at 18:00 local time at the Mantes la Jolie Community Association.

Tomorrow's stage of the march will take place in Les Mureaux in the west of Paris. On Tuesday, there will be a film screening at 18:00 local time.