Artists in Europe launch campaign 'The time for Freedom is now'
Kurdish artist collectives living in Europe started an action in different countries within the scope of the "Dem dema azadiye" initiative (The time for Freedom is now). The artists launched their actions in Basel, Switzerland.
Kurdish artist collectives in Europe will hold a protest in the German cities of Hannover, Stuttgart, Essen, Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin, Bielefeld, Duisburg, Swiss cities of Zurich, Basel, Lausanne, and in Paris.
The artists declared that they will actively participate in the “Dem dema azadiye” initiative which was launched today in Basel, Switzerland.
S. Adar read the joint statement of Kurdish artist collectives at the demonstration in Basel.
“The most fundamental value that makes one nation a nation is the struggle for freedom. Democracy, freedom, equality and justice must be defended for everyone under all circumstances. These values are the demands of the Kurdish people as well as all other peoples. However, together with the Turkish state, the sovereign powers ignore and do not respect these demands. War and destruction is imposed against the Kurdish people and all peoples in the Middle East,” the statement said, adding: “This policy of annihilation is imposed first and foremost against the leader of the Kurdish people, Abdullah Öcalan. Öcalan is a leader who strongly defends democratic confederalism, gender freedom and ecological society laws. He maintains that most problems between ethnic groups and religions can be overcome by democracy. In fact, his thoughts have inspired the new life created in the North East region of Syria, in Rojava. ISIS barbarians, the main enemy in Rojava, tried to erase the achievements of this philosophy. Turkey and its leaders continue to insist on this policy.”
The artists called for “sensitivity. Our call is to defend human rights. Our call is for equality. Our call is for justice. Our call is to banish the ISIS terrorist mentality from the whole world. This is why we say: End isolation, torture and the Imrali system, freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, status for the Kurdish people. "
During the action in Basel, different performances took place and leaflets were distributed to draw attention to the campaign.
On the other hand, as part of the "Dema dema azadiye" initiative, Kurdish artist collectives are organizing performances on the streets of Hannover, Stuttgart, Bielefeld, Duisburg, Essen, Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin, Zürich, Basel, Lausanne, Paris.
In February, collective work will be carried out in the field of music, as well as street theaters to mark the anniversary of the 15 February international conspiracy. There will be live painting performances on the streets until 8 March, International Women's Day.