"The dictator must be brought to justice"
Actions have taken place in Belgium, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark as part of the "100 Reasons to prosecute the dictator" campaign. The Kurdish women's movement wants to bring "dictator Erdogan" to justice.
Women took to the streets in Brussels, London, Berlin, Geneva, Stockholm and Denmark to protest feminicide and denounce Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The actions took place as part of the "100 reasons to prosecute the dictator" campaign launched by the Kurdish Women's Movement in Europe (TJK-E) on November 25.
Activists from TJK-E and the Socialist Women's Federation (SKB) gathered in front of the Council of Europe in Brussels with photos of murdered women and a banner reading "La Femme, La Vie, La Liberte" (Women, Life, Freedom). Former HDP deputy Tuğba Hezer, who now lives in Europe due to political persecution in Turkey, gave a speech denouncing the hypocrisy of the EU in its dealings with Turkey. Even before the conflict over gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, Erdogan committed countless crimes against human and international law, the Kurdish politician said and added, "We would like to remind you that the Erdogan regime has turned the Middle East into a graveyard. To denounce Erdogan, we have not only a hundred reasons, but countless ones, and every second another one is added."
In London, activists from the Kurdish Women's Initiative of Britain went to the Amnesty International office to hand over an information dossier on the crimes committed against women by Erdogan and the AKP.
In Geneva, a rally was held in front of the UN headquarters.
At a rally in front of the German Parliament building in Berlin, former HDP deputy Sibel Yiğitalp gave a speech and said that the fascism represented by Erdogan will soon come to an end. The fight for democratic rights will not be stopped by persecution and oppression, said the Kurdish politician, who faces 26 years in prison in Turkey.
A rally was held in downtown Stockholm.
In Copenhagen, activists from the Sêvê Women's Council collected signatures for the campaign. The petition can also be signed online. The Kurdish women's movement wants to collect 100,000 signatures in Europe by International Women's Struggle Day on March 8.