Young women march in Stuttgart, demanding “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan”

Young women organised a march in Stuttgart for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, from whom no news has been received for the last three years.

In Stuttgart, Germany, a march was organised under the leadership of the Movement of Young Women Militants (Jinên Ciwanên Tekoşer, TekoJIN) to demand freedom for Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Dozens of internationalist and Kurdish young women gathered at Wilhelmsplatz at 14.00 this afternoon, chanting slogans such as “Long Live Leader Öcalan”, “Woman, Life, Freedom” and "Dictator Erdoğan".

In the statements made along the way, the activists expressed their concern as they have not heard for three years from their leader, Abdullah Öcalan, who has been held in prison for 25 years.

"Unless all women and young people struggle for a free life and liberate Leader Öcalan physically, the society cannot be liberated", the statement emphasised and continued: "We are living in the age of the revolution of women and youth. After thousands of years of oppression, today we choose the path of self-defence, democratic life and democratic society instead of slavery and war. The Turkish state's attacks on the Medya Defence Zones (guerrilla areas in northern Iraq) primarily aim to eliminate the free women guerrillas in the mountains of Kurdistan. Femicide is still commonplace all over the world and the rise of fundamentalism is forcing young women to lock themselves into certain communities and limit their self-determination. Influencing them through social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Netflix, etc. and television series, it creates a society without struggle and without a future. We can fight for a more just and free world in unity and solidarity. Let us stand together for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and all oppressed peoples. We are only strong together and we will never give up. We will use our democratic rights every day until our leader is physically liberated."