Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg reaches week 463

The Freedom for Öcalan Vigil in Strasbourg continues on week 463. A group from Duisburg took over the action.

The Freedom for Öcalan Vigil is taking place in front of the building of the Council of Europe and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in Strasbourg since 25 June 2012.

Groups of activists from all over Europe take over the vigil every week.

This is week 463 of the action and has been taken over by group from Duisburg. Xebat Taş, Ismail Minkara and Cemil Tok are the activists taking part in the group.

Xebat Taş said on behalf of the group that the action was the most important form of protest in the Kurdish struggle for freedom in Europe and pointed out the importance of Abdullah Öcalan as a thought leader and freedom fighter.

Taş commemorated the PKK cadres Mehmet Karasungur and Ibrahim Bilgin, who fell as martyrs in May 1983 and called on Kurds to work for political unity. He also criticized the KDP for its divisive policies and its siding with Turkish fascism.

The group also declared their support for the hunger strike carried out by PKK and PAJK prisoners in Turkish prisons, which began on 27 November 2020. The prisoners demand the lifting of Ocalan's isolation and an end to the violations of rights in prison.