‘Freedom for Öcalan’ vigil in Strasbourg in its 628th week

A group from the Hessen region of Germany took over the 12-year-long vigil in Strasbourg demanding the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan in the 628th week.

Under the leadership of the Initiative for the Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan, a "Freedom Vigil" has been held in Strasbourg, France since 25 June 2012 in order to ensure the physical freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and to end the isolation conditions imposed on him in İmralı Island Prison where he has been held since 1999.

In the 628th week, three patriots from Giessen in Hessen took over the vigil action, which is undertaken by a group from different countries of Europe every week.

The three activists, Mehmet Şerif Narman, Hacı Mustafa and Ömer İkman, denounced the silence of international organisations and called on the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) to fulfil its responsibilities.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mehmet Şerif Narman noted that there has been no news from the Kurdish People's Leader for at least 40 months.

Mehmet Şerif Narman drew attention to the global campaign launched in October 2023 with the demand for Abdullah Öcalan's freedom and a political solution to the Kurdish question, and said, "We hope to break the silence. We must liberate the leadership of humanity.”