PAJK on Paris massacre: “No attack can stop our freedom march”

In a statement marking the 9th anniversary of the Paris massacre, PAJK called for participation in the mass rally to protest the Turkish state which has committed crimes against humanity and the French state which has remained silent.

The Kurdistan Free Women's Party (PAJK)Coordination published a statement on its website to mark the anniversary of the triple murder in Paris of PKK co-founder Sakine Cansız (Sara), KNK Paris Representative Fidan Doğan (Rojbin) and Youth Movement Member Leyla Şaylemez (Ronahi) on 9 January 2013.

“We commemorate comrade Sakine Cansız, a leading fighter and founder of our party PKK, and militants of the women's movement Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez. In the memory of our great revolutionary comrade Sara who struggled against fascism during her entire life, we promise that we will bring all those involved in this massacre to account, and we will avenge all women in the person of the three women,” the PAJK said.

“Our comrades Sakine, Fidan and Leyla were murdered on January 9, 2013 in Paris, the centre of capitalist modernity which boasts of its democracy and law. Eight years have passed since this massacre, and Turkey's officials admitted that they had planned this massacre. France’s indifference to Turkish involvement shows that the killing of Kurdish women was a continuation of the international conspiracy against Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. If this is not the case, why do the French authorities remain reluctant even though Turkish officials admitted their involvement in the murder of the three Kurdish women? If the French state and its courts do not take a stand against the murder of the three revolutionary women, they are guilty of partnership in the massacre committed by the Turkish state. As Kurdish women, we repeat our call; the French state should immediately clarify its stance against the massacre whose mastermind is already known. It should be known very well that we do not consider this massacre an ordinary incident.”


“The massacre that took place in Paris on January 9 against the leaders of the women's revolution brought into view the genocidal policies against Kurdish women and people. This massacre was organized by the fascist Turkish state and its collaborator sovereign powers as part of their objective to eliminate the freedom movement. The murder of comrade Sara was a clear message at a time when Öcalan was articulating his democratic solution to the Kurdish issue. That's why Öcalan defined the Paris massacre as the second Dersim massacre and a conspiracy against him. The massacre showed that Turkey and international powers did not introduce a peace process but a genocide plan against the Kurdish people.

The international conspiracy developed against Öcalan was updated with the murder of our comrade Sara. The aim is to destroy our leading members who took part in the establishment of the Freedom Movement in the first years of the revolution together with Öcalan. Moreover, the fascist forces know very well that the diversity and greatness of our movement stem from the idea of women’s liberation. Just as Comrade Sara, as a Kurdish woman, confronted the fascists with great courage and will and adopted an historic attitude against the September 12 fascism in the prison, thousands of Sara's followers are currently leading a serious fight against the AKP-MHP fascism in the mountains of Kurdistan and in Turkey’s prisons. The Kurdish women, who are inspired by Sara, are today faced with attacks all over Kurdistan. In the person of our great revolutionary comrade Sakine Cansız, they wanted to destroy the paradigm of freedom that has become universal thanks to Kurdish women. Following the Paris massacre, the leading members and militants of our movement in the mountains of Kurdistan, the leaders of self-government resistance in Bakur (North Kurdistan), the pioneers of the revolution in Rojava, female politicians and patriotic women have been subjected to genocide and violence.


As the Kurdistan Free Women's Party, we state once again that no massacre or attack can stop our freedom march. The fear of the Turkish state and conspiratorial forces against women's power has a reason. The power of free women will definitely put an end to fascism and male-state power. The ever-growing, active and organized struggle of women for freedom will defeat the genocidal mentality. The martyrdom of the three women revolutionaries and all femicides are our greatest sorrow. However, our anger against the genocidal mentality and our insistence on freedom are as great as our suffering. All our people, friends and enemies should know this: as Kurdish women, we will continue our struggle against fascism without fear even if there is only one Kurdish woman left. We will defeat the conspirators and secure a free life.

On this basis, we respectfully commemorate our immortal pioneers, our comrades Sakine, Rojbîn and Ronahi, as well as the three fighters of the women's movement, Seve, Pakize and Fatma who were murdered by the fascist Turkish state on January 4, 2016 in Silopi, Cizre and all the martyrs of January. On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the Paris massacre, we urge all women and friends of the Kurdish people to support the struggle of Kurdish women and participate in a mass rally to protest the Turkish state which has committed crimes against humanity and the French state which has remained silent.”