Demo outside the US Embassy in Bern: “Representatives of the Kurds are not terrorists”

The European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCDK-E) started a campaign on April 29 to denounce the US bounty on three Kurdish representatives.

The US offered several million dollars in 2018 for tips on the whereabouts of three leading members of the Kurdish movement. The public wanted notice was directed at the co-chair of the KCK Executive Council, Cemil Bayık, and two members of the PKK Executive Committee, Duran Kalkan and Murat Karayılan. US Department of State’s Decree on three members of the PKK leadership has been renewed on 20 April 2021.

A demonstration was held in front of the US Embassy in Bern today in protest at the US decision. The demo was organised by the Kurdish Community Center and the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Switzerland under the motto “Representatives of the Kurds are not terrorists”.

A number of Kurdish activists and components of the Democratic Forces Union joined the demonstration and protested against the US decision and the Turkish state’s latest occupation attacks against Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

The action began with a minute’s silence in memory of Turkish revolutionary leaders Deniz Gezmiş, Hüseyin İnan and Yusuf Aslan at the 49th anniversary of their execution, on 6 May 1972.

Speaking here, KCDK-E (European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress) Co-chair Fatoş Göksungur remembered the martyrs of May.

Göksungur stated that their actions in protest at the US decision, which -she said- was against the international law, would continue.

KCDK-E campaign against the US decision launched on 29 April

KCDK-E launched a campaign on 29 April to denounce the US bounty on three Kurdish representatives and demand its withdrawal.

“This campaign will be carried out in front of the US consulates for 4 weeks each Thursday and our requests will be submitted to the officials. In addition, our institutions, especially KCDK-E, all Kurdish people and our friends will send letters to the US president to withdraw the decision about 3 Kurdish politicians. As KCDK-E, we call on all our people and our friends to participate in the actions and the letter campaign with the broadest participation to remove the US decision regarding the three Kurdish politicians,” said the Europe-wide umbrella organization in a statement published on 28 April.