Spokesperson for the Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) Cengiz Çiçek spoke to Mezopotamya Agency on Monday, stressing the need for heightened resistance against the continued isolation of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan. According to Çiçek, this two-and-a-half year isolation is part of a wider international conspiracy that has its roots in 1985.

In an interview with the Mezopotamya Agency on Monday, Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) co-spokesman Cengiz Çiçek emphasised the pressing need to end the isolation imposed on Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). “If the activities of the conspiratorial powers are escalating, then our resistance must intensify accordingly”, he declared.

According to Çiçek, the international conspiracy that culminated in Öcalan’s capture in 1999 actually originated in 1985. Orchestrated by multiple countries and spearheaded by the United States, this conspiracy aimed to neutralise Öcalan.

Since his capture on 15 February 1999, Öcalan has been incarcerated in the high-security İmralı F-Type Prison, situated on İmralı Island in Bursa province, north-west Turkey. He has described his predicament as the “inaugural operation of the Third World War”, designed to undermine his transformative influence in the Middle East.

Çiçek noted that the global powers perceive Öcalan’s ideological framework as a threat. “The rationale of the conspirators must be understood within this context”, he added.

The isolation imposed on Öcalan has lasted for two and a half years, with no news or updates from him. “We are confronted with the imperative of breaking this isolation. Shying away from this responsibility is not an option; rather, we must face it head on”, Çiçek insisted.

He also noted that this isolation is symptomatic of Turkey’s broader strategy to ensure the Kurdish issue remains unresolved. “The common denominator in Turkey’s multiple crises is the unresolved Kurdish issue. Every resource allocated to warfare reverberates as an economic, educational and cultural dilemma”, he explained.

When questioned about the role of social opposition in Turkey, Çiçek stressed that championing peace and a democratic resolution to the Kurdish issue should be a priority for everyone. “This is not merely a burden to be shouldered by the Kurds. All groups affected by this multi-faceted crisis in Turkey must place the democratic resolution of the Kurdish issue at the top of their agenda”, he said.

In conclusion, Çiçek reiterated the call for increased resistance. “If we observe that the activities of the conspiratorial powers have intensified, let us remember this: our resistance must escalate. We inherit a tradition of resistance, and time and again we have foiled such conspiracies through our resilience”, he concluded.