Members of Kurdistan Youth Movement take over the Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg

Young activists took over the Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg, ongoing since 2012.

The Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan Vigil, launched in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 25 June 2012, demanding freedom for Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and an end to the isolation imposed on him, continues in its 5671st week.

Members of the Kurdistan Youth Movement from Paris took over the vigil on Wednesday. Speaking on behalf of the group, Serhat Keklik said: “With our action, we appeal to the European Parliament and the public opinion. Our leader has not been heard from for a very long while. We want to raise our concerns once again and we reiterate our promise that we will not deviate from the path of the leader and will embrace him all the time.”

Keklik continued: “The Kurdish people have never been discouraged by the exploitation in place for hundreds of years, and they will never be. Until they achieve their freedom and the freedom of their leader, the Kurdish people will never give up the struggle all around the world. They will continue their fight against the colonialist forces. We appeal to the Kurdish people and the youth again; never stop resisting and fighting until our leader and Kurdistan are freed. We invite everyone to join the vigil for the freedom of the leader.”