The Long March launched in France yesterday to demand freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and justice for Kurds continues with various events.

The Democratic Kurdish Council of France (CDK-F) and the Kurdish Women’s Movement in France (TJK-F) are organising a 25-day-long march for the freedom of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan from Paris to Strasbourg, where the European Union institutions are located. The march is taking place under the slogan “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, Justice for Kurds” as part of the international campaign “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question”, which was launched worldwide on 10 October 2023.

On the second day, the protesters gathered again at the Ahmet Kaya Kurdish Cultural Centre and sent postcards to Imralı. The campaign to send postcards is part of the campaign for freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and a democratic solution to the Kurdish question. The goal is to send 100 thousand cards from across Europe.

CDK-F Co-Chair Şahin Polat made a press statement in front of the Cultural Centre and said, “We take part in the postcard action in order to break the isolation that is imposed on all Middle Eastern peoples in the person of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.”

The activists marched to the post office with banners and slogans in favour of Abdullah Öcalan.

The activists then boarded the metro to go to the march point in Les Invalides Square, and informed the passengers about the purpose of their action.

Pointing out that Kurds are under the occupation of four countries, Şahin Polat stated that the anniversary of the international conspiracy against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan is approaching and that no news has been received from him for nearly three years.

Describing the Kurdish people’s struggle against ISIS, especially that by women, Polat said, “This happened thanks to Abdullah Öcalan’s ideology.”

Underlining that they have been struggling against isolation for years, the protesters said, “This year we definitely want to ensure the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and to ensure that the Kurds are granted a status.”

The protesters, wearing red uniforms demanding freedom for the Kurdish leader, will march to Laurient today Wednesday 24 January after yesterday’s march at Les Invalides Square. Until Strasbourg, there will be marches, gatherings, meetings, talks and different activities, such as sending postcards in many cities.


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