Mass rally in Strasbourg: "Take action for Abdullah Öcalan!"

Kurds and their supporters protest in front of the CoE building in Strasbourg under the motto "Take Action for Öcalan."

As part of the "Dem Dema Azadiyê, Azadiya Rêber Apo Azadiya me" [Time for Freedom, Leader Öcalan’s Freedom is our Freedom] campaign, a rally was held in front of the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg, France, under the slogan "Take Action for Öcalan."

As the date of the international conspiracy's inception, October 9 approaches, the ‘Freedom Vigil’, now in its tenth year, continues in Strasbourg with enormous enthusiasm and mass. The following people took part in the action today: KONGRA GEL Co-chairman Remzi Kartal, UNITE Union International and Research Director and one of the founders of the Freedom for Öcalan Campaign Simon Dubbins, UK UNITE Union Official and Freedom for Öcalan Campaign Representative Clare Baker, Italy Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Committee Prof. Laura Corradi, Representative of the French Solidaires Union, TJK-E Representative Besime Konca, Dr Mohamed Al Shami on behalf of the International Union for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms (AIDL), co-chairman of MRAP (MRAP- People's Friendship Movement Against Racism) Rénee Le Mignot.

The front of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) building was decked with posters of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan for the action, which was attended by 14 different structures.


14 separate organizations will present the following three articles with fundamental and urgent codes to the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE):

"It should be ensured that Abdullah Öcalan and other detainees in Imrali meet with the CPT, their lawyers, and their families as soon as possible, and an end is put to the isolation practices,

The ECtHR, the Council of Europe, and the UN should impose sanctions on Turkey for violating the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Political Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) under the existing detention regime.

The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers should take immediate political steps toward Öcalan's freedom by utilizing the sanction power provided by its executive power."

Today's rally, like the ‘Long March’ in Germany and the ‘Kurdish Culture Festival’ in the Netherlands, drew a large number of internationalists.

The gathering, which began at 13.00, will last the entire day and will be followed by a march.