Every Wednesday since 25 January, the Kurdish people are carrying out a sit-in protest in front of United Nations in Geneva within the scope of the offensive ‘Against the invasion, everywhere is Avashin, everywhere is Zap, everywhere is Metina!”
Activists have put up a resistance tent in front of the UN office. The action on Wednesday began with a minute silence in memory of the martyrs of freedom.
Everywhere will be a field of struggle
Salih Sağlam, co-chair of Geneva Kurdish Community addressed the crowd during the action and said that they are demanding freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, since 25 May, when they first started the sit-in.
“The occupying Turkish state is seeking to break our will with the aggravated isolation imposed on our leader Öcalan. In addition, it is carrying out genocidal plans against the Kurdish people and it is attacking Maxmur Refugee Camp” said Sağlam and added: “The silence of the UN against these massacres is allowing civilian people in Maxmur Camp – which is under the supervision of the UN - to be slaughtered. This is absolutely unacceptable for us.”
Sağlam continued: “We will sustain the offensive ‘Time for Freedom-Dem Dema Azadiye Ye!’ until victory is achieved against the attacks of the Turkish state supported by the UN and European countries. In this sense, we stand with the guerrilla resistance in Medya Defense Areas and the hunger strike resistance in prisons which is on its 196 day and has been launched to protest the isolation imposed on our Leader Öcalan. We will turn every place into a struggle field.”
The activists ended their protest by turning their back on the UN.