Activists in Geneva call for participation in the sit-in action in Strasbourg on15-19 April

Kurdish activists, who have been demonstrating in front of the UN every week for more than three years for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan, called for strong participation in the demonstration in front of the CPT between 15-19 April.

A vigil by the Democratic Kurdish Community in Switzerland has been taking place in front of the UN headquarters in Geneva since 25 January 2021. Every Wednesday, activists stage a protest in front of the United Nations building to demand the release of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan. The action is carried out as part of the 'Dem dema azadiye' [Time for Freedom] campaign and directed against the isolation of the Kurdish leader on the Turkish prison island of Imrali, the Turkish occupation attacks on Kurdistan, the massacres committed in Kurdish territories and the silence of the UN.

This week's demonstration started with a minute of silence in memory of the Kurdistan Freedom Martyrs, after which Ramazan Baytar made a speech on behalf of the action committee.

Baytar said, "While Leader Abdullah Öcalan's philosophy of freedom gives hope to the peoples, the international powers who see this philosophy as a threat to themselves are silent against the isolation of Leader Apo. Today, the UN, CPT and human rights organisations act in line with the interests of international powers and states."

Ramazan Baytar announced that a sit-in will be organised in Strasbourg between 15-19 April as part of the ‘Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, a Political Solution to the Kurdish Question’ campaign and called for strong participation.

After the statement, the mass staged a sit-in protest in front of the UN headquarters.