Municipality of Pinerolo awards Öcalan with Honorary Citizenship

The Municipality of Pinerolo in Torino, Italy will award Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan with 'Honorary Citizenship' on September 29, becoming the 7th municipality to award the Kurdish leader with citizenship.

With unanimous vote on May 7, the honorary citizenship of the Municipality of Pinerolo was conferred on Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The related statement by the municipality said: “We ideally embrace all the Kurdish people who for decades fought to defend their language, culture and identity. And we embrace the proposal for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question that Öcalan has been carrying out in recent years despite the isolation he is subjected to and the difficulties that the whole Kurdish people are experiencing in Turkey and in the neighboring territories where they are engaged in the war against ISIS. Welcome new fellow citizen, we are waiting for you! "

The document of honorary citizenship for Öcalan will be submitted during an official ceremony on September 29. The ceremony will be attended by representatives from Kurdistan Information Bureau, Kurdish Society of Italy and Kurdistan Friendship Committee of Italy.

The Municipality of Pinerolo has been the seventh municipality to award Öcalan with 'Honorary Citizenship', with the previous ones being the municipalities of Palermo, Napoli, Palagonia, Riace, Reggio Emilia and Martano.

Pinerolo is a town in the Metropolitan City of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, located in a mountainous terrain and with a population of 35 thousand. The Municipality of Pinerolo was also the first to sign a sister/friend protocol with the Municipality of Kobanê.

On the other hand, Kurdistan Information Bureau, Kurdish Society of Italy and Kurdistan Friendship Committee of Italy will organize a march in Porta Venezia.

The march at 15:00 on October 7 will be held with the motto “Freedom for Öcalan and political prisoners in Turkey, Peace in Kurdistan, Democracy in the Middle East”.