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(en) France, UCL AL #325 - International, Europe: a "long walk" Kurdish for the liberation of Öcalan (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 18 Apr 2022 08:35:48 +0300

From 5 to 11 February of militants and activists have walked from Frankfurt to Strasbourg to demand the release of Abdullah Öcalan and supporting the struggles of the Kurdish people. ---- Removed by the Turkish Secret Police on February 15, 1999, Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is at the total isolation on the island of Imrali. ---- Despite an implacable 23-year detention, its "new paradigm", democratic confederalism, galvanized Kurdish fighters fighting against the Turkish state, then Daesh, and inspire practical and ideas beyond Kurdistan. Because it is in this appeal, with the same enthusiasm that nearly 150 activists and activists in Europe and America ended up on February 5th in a third-party antifascist place of Frankfurt, to prepare for the 220 km walk across Germany.
Vidal Cuervo / UCL Aix-en-Provence
Twenty Basques, Catalan, Valencian, Swiss, Latin American · Float the flag of native nations, two Mexican zapatistas, a young American, German anarchist organization, Danish, some French Es. We will even see the Amazigh flag and that of UCL.

Vidal Cuervo / UCL Aix-en-Provence
The German government had already proved its wish last June by preventing a delegation from 28 people to leave its territory for an observing mission of Turkish war crimes in Iraq. Today it prohibits that the portrait of Öcalan is displayed or pronounced its name in slogans! The Sultan Erdogan also reigns in Germany.

Never mind, it will say "APO" instead of "Öcalan" and the police ear is deaf to Kurdish songs. Policing harassment will still go through our journey. For five days, between swing and brightened rain welcome, the German administration will blow hot and cold, according to the jurisdictions of the Länder crossed. The Fligale of Bad Württemberg, taking advantage that we go away from the cities and sheltered from the eyes, will stop three of our comrades under a pretext as slim as arbitrary, also threatening to end the march.

Portrait and name barred from the German public space
But we are already in solidarity with having beaten the pavement together, to be organized in Komin[1]in the manner of YPG-YPJ, to sing and support us for three days. And while incidental and lawyers demonstrate the illegality of their vexatious measures, we dance in the rain, make assault of revolutionary songs, under the disgusted eye of polishes ... which let us finally leave.

We travel about twenty kilometers a day at the sound of Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (women, life, freedom) and slogans in several languages. And the evening stops allocate the 150 people among Kurdish families, different at each stage, generous at each stage, thanking us us, internationalists to support the Kurdish revolution. Among them, former guerrillas, Turkish prisons, tortured, or simply immigrants unleashes the cause.

Vidal Cuervo / UCL Aix-en-Provence
Arrival in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament, the long March of 2022, was strengthened by some 6,000 Kurds, activist and sympathizer from Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Despite the cowardice of the German state, the provocations of Turkish fascists and the police harassment, we have been able to say the scandal of Öcalan's incarceration and demand the withdrawal by the European Union of the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations.

Cuervo (UCL Aix-en-Provence)

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