The Kurdish Institute says Sweden must apologise to Kurds
The Stockholm Kurdish Institute sent a written application to the ministries demanding the Sweden government to apologize to Kurds and to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations.
Two months have passed since the Swedish attorney general and police chief confirmed that Prime Minister Olof Palme, killed in Stockholm in 1986, was murdered by Stig Engström.
The Stockholm Kurdish Institute sent a written application to the ministries demanding the Sweden government to apologize to Kurds and to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations. Kurds and the PKK were accused, without any concrete evidence, of the murder.
Kamran Simo Hedili, the President of the Kurdish Institute, answered ANF questions about the Palme affaire.
Hedili said that Kurdish intellectuals were discussing the issue online right after the Swedish Chief Prosecutor confirmed that Kurds had no role in the Palme murder on 10 June.
Hedili said: "Dozens of writers and intellectuals from different countries joined the discussion. We all agreed that murdering Palme allowed those responsible to kill two birds with a stone. On one side they eliminated Palme, who was not functional to their plans while on the other they targeted Kurds.”
Hedili pointed out that the Kurds suffered the most from the Palme murder. "The Turkish state also has a hand in blaming Kurds. It wanted to crushthe PKK and the Kurds with the cooperation of the Swedish and Turkish police. The day after Palme's murder, it cannot be a coincidence that Turkish and Swedish media made headlines accusing the PKK.”
Emphasizing that the Swedish state must correct its wrong and remove the Kurds from the list of terrorist organizations, Hedili listed the demands of the Kurdish Institute as follows:
"The Swedish state caused the PKK to be included in the list of terrorist organizations in many countries. At the press conference, the chief prosecutor said that the Kurds had nothing to do with the Palme Murder and that the PKK was a freedom movement fighting against the Turkish state. Accordingly, it should remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations and take action to make other countries do the same. This will be Sweden's biggest support to the Kurds.”
Hedili also pointed out that the prejudice on the PKK meant that “dozens of Kurds had difficulties in seeing their asylum application accepted.” And despite the Swedish Chief Prosecutor's acceptance that the PKK is a freedom movement, the oppression against the Kurds continues.
"Immediately after this statement there have been letters sent by the Swedish Security Police (Säpo), which bear a secret stamp, claim that we are in contact with the PKK and pose a risk to the security of Sweden. They sent letters with this content to the homes of some Kurds. Their aim is to intimidate and frighten Kurds. All of this shows that there is no change in Swedish Kurdish policy.”
Reminding that Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde attended the gala held in Stockholm to support Rojava and made a speech there, Hedili said: "Linde said in her speech that in fact it was not true that Kurds have no friends but the mountains and added ‘we are the Kurds’ mountains’. But a few months later, the Swedish government deported a young Kurdish boy, Resul Özdemir, to Turkey where he was tortured. How can this be called friendship? How do you deliver your friends to their enemies? This is total hypocrisy."
Saying that Sweden should immediately remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations, Hedili added: "This will be the sincerest step Sweden will take. If this is not done, the statements of the attorney general and FM Linde won’t mean anything. Since you accept that you made a mistake, correct it immediately.”