Kurdish youth movement demonstrates for Öcalan in Switzerland
Carrying out activities in Europe within the framework of the "Cenga Azadiyê Serbixin!" campaign, the Kurdish youth movement protested against the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan and demanded his release in actions in Lausanne and Bern.
The Kurdish Revolutionary Youth Movement (Tevgera Ciwanên Şoreşger, TCŞ) and the Movement of Combative Young Women (Jinên Ciwan ên Têkoşer, TekoJIN) launched the "Cenga Azadiyê Serbixin!" [Win the Freedom Struggle] campaign in July and have since been carrying out activities in Europe presenting the paradigm of Abdullah Öcalan and demanding his freedom.
In Switzerland, book stands were set up and rallies and demonstrations were organised in several cities in the past weeks. On Saturday, demonstrations took place in Lausanne and Bern protesting against the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan in Turkish custody. The Kurdish leader has been on the prison island of Imrali since 1999, and there has been no contact with him or his three fellow prisoners since March 2021.
The rally in Saint Laurent Square in Lausanne began with a minute's silence in memory of the legendary guerrilla commander Mahsum Korkmaz (Egîd) and all those martyred in the Kurdish freedom struggle. Zülfü Binbir, co-chair of the Democratic Kurdish Community Center (CDK) in Lausanne, said in a speech that there has been no sign of life from Öcalan for 29 months and that this state of affairs is unacceptable for the Kurdish people. A press statement on the issue was read out by Ramazan Oba on behalf of the youth movement. In Lausanne, information about the campaign will be given at street stalls in the coming days.
The rally in the capital Bern took place at the Bahnhofsplatz. Özgür Semsûr gave a speech on behalf of the youth movement, in which he pointed out the attacks of the Turkish state in Kurdistan and explained the connection with the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan. The Kurdish leader is a source of inspiration for the Kurdish youth movement and his paradigm is the basis of the struggle, the activist said. After the statement, a sit-in took place.