MP Sayyiğit: Isolation aims to prevent the implementation of Öcalan's ideas
Green Left Party MP Gülcan Kaçmaz Sayyiğit said that the isolation of Öcalan was aimed at preventing the spread and implementation of his ideas, adding: "The abolition of isolation will bring peace. This is one of the main concerns of our struggle."
Since 1999, the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan has been held incommunicado on the prison island of Imrali. There has been no sign of life from him for more than two years. In an interview with ANF, Green Left Party MP Gülcan Kaçmaz Sayyiğit announced the launch of a new campaign to break Öcalan's isolation and to achieve his physical freedom. This campaign is led by the Green Left Party and the Free Women's Movement (TJA) and is expected to culminate on International Women's Day, 8 March.
Sayyiğit stated: "The most important pillar of this campaign is the struggle against the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan, but basically it is about the struggle against a policy of isolation that is meant to be extended to the whole society. The isolation of Abdullah Öcalan is to prevent the implementation of his ideas. Total isolation has been introduced for this purpose. Talks with Abdullah Öcalan and the realisation of his ideas mean an end to war and the building of peace for both Turkey and the peoples of the Middle East. In this situation, especially as women, we will do everything we can to end the absolute incommunicado detention and ensure the physical freedom of Abdullah Öcalan. This is one of our main goals."
Sayyiğit continued: "When we talk about isolation, we first think of Abdullah Öcalan, but there is a policy of isolation that tries to extend to every segment and cell of society. They are even trying to isolate our minds. The violations of rights in prisons have reached such extreme levels and a situation has arisen that prevents politicians from doing democratic politics even outside prisons. We know very well that this policy of isolation brings war with it and that this will deepen the war. The abolition of isolation will bring peace. This is one of the main concerns of our struggle. We will continue our efforts to end this war policy and to ensure that rights, especially the rights of the Kurds and all peoples, are enshrined in a new constitution."