KONGRA-GEL condemns Armenia’s government handing over of two Kurdish revolutionaries

The KONGRA-GEL co-presidency Council condemned Armenia’s handing over of two Kurdish revolutionaries to the Turkish state and said: "Everyone, especially the Armenian people, should stand up against this betrayal, and no one should remain silent."

In a written statement, the KONGRA-GEL co-presidency Council said: "Two Kurdish revolutionary fighters, named Atilla Çiçek (Leheng) and Hüseyin Yıldırım (Alişer), who went to Armenia for the freedom struggle of the people of Kurdistan, were arrested in November 2021. As a result of the trial, the relevant court decided to release both of them. However, despite the court decision, both Kurdish revolutionaries were not released. Instead, they were secretly handed over to the Turkish state.”

The statement continued: “The officials of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia were preventing the Kurdish institutions from properly following the case by hiding the truth. The real face of Pashinyan's government was revealed when completely false news appeared in the Turkish press that two Kurdish revolutionaries were captured in an operation supposedly carried out on the border.”

The statement added: “The Pashinyan government, which handed over two Kurdish revolutionaries, Leheng and Alişer, to the Turkish state as a result of the dirty bargains it made with the AKP-MHP fascist government, betrayed not only the Kurdish people, but also the Armenian people. This is a great insult to the Armenian people.

The Turkish state policies against the Armenian and Kurdish people continue today, this ugly cooperation of the Pashinyan government should be condemned by everyone, especially the sensitive intellectuals of the Armenian people, political and civil society circles.

It is a betrayal and a great dishonour to all the peoples of the region to hand over the revolutionaries of the Kurdish people, who are fighting against the Turkish state fascism to the AKP-MHP fascism.

The cooperation between the Erdogan and Pashinyan governments has nothing to bring to the peoples of Armenia and the region, except persecution and death. It is very important for the free future of all the peoples of the region to oppose this act of betrayal.

Everyone, especially the Armenian people, should take a stand against this betrayal, and no one should remain silent. We call on everyone to stand up and protest this decision.”