Thousands rally in Düsseldorf for “Freedom for Öcalan”

Thousands of people from all over Germany and nearby countries rally in Düsseldorf for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan.

Thousands of people rally for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan in Düsseldorf. The participants have travelled from all over Germany and nearby countries to demand immediate contact with Öcalan. The Kurdish leader has been held incommunicado on the prison island of Imrali in the Turkish Sea of Marmara since 1999, and there has been no sign of him for over two years.

Since the morning, activists have gathered in front of the DGB building in Düsseldorf, dancing and shouting slogans. After the opening rally, a demonstration procession was formed, led by the slogan "Freedom for Öcalan". The march will continue until the Rhine meadows, where the demand will be reiterated at a final rally. More than fifty organisations with a Kurdish-Turkish background have called for the demonstration. At the same time, actions with the same demand are taking place in several European cities.