Sit-in protest for Öcalan in Strasbourg on day 2

Activists partaking in the sit-in action "Time for Freedom" in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg vowed to enhance the struggle for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish people.

The sit-in protest that started in front of the Council of Europe for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan is on its second day.

On the second day of sit-in which is participated by politicians and representatives of left-wing democratic institutions and faith groups from Kurdistan and Turkey, activists highlighted the importance of Öcalan’s freedom.

Young people and internationalists will take over the action, which will be continued by groups of 30 people every week and say "Freedom for Öcalan" in its last week.


Tahir Köçer, Co-chair of the Confederation of Kurdistan Communities in Germany (KON-MED) said that the public's response to the heavy pressure and isolation on the Kurdish People's Leader was denounced in many actions such as marches, hunger strikes and sit-in actions so far. Köçer pointed out that they were organizing the action and critizing the silence of the institutions in a city where there are many authorized institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).


Stating that the struggle against the conspiracy has been carried out devotedly until today, Köçer added: “However, this has not been enough to liberate our Leader, our people. With this campaign, we will carry out our actions more comprehensively.”


The Democratic Alevi Federation (FEDA) Co-chair Demir Çelik underlined that the freedom campaign initiated by the KCK has turned into a campaign reclaimed in four parts of Kurdistan. Stating that KCDK-E participated in the campaign with all its components, Çelik said it should be known that isolation against Öcalan is being applied to all Kurds and peoples.

Stating that some wanted to destroy the promise of a democratic modernity, Çelik emphasized that they defied the isolation of Öcalan, who wants a solution based on democracy, pluralism and women's freedom.

Remarking that Öcalan's liberation will be the freedom of both peoples and faiths, Demir Çelik reminded that ancient human history is on the verge of being destroyed in Mesopotamia, especially Assyrians-Syriacs and Yazidis. He added that all kinds of public opinion activities that promote the freedom of Öcalan and the status of Kurdistan in Europe should be endorsed.

Various events are also organized within the scope of the actions. A seminar titled "How to Strengthen the Ground for Common Struggle Against Fascism" will be held today.