Sit-in in front of the CoE to conclude today with a rally

The sit-in held in front of the Council of Europe (CoE) building with the demand for Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s freedom has left behind four days. The sit-in will conclude today with a rally at 13.00.

The sit-in started on Monday in front of the CoE and had been organized by the European Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (KCDK-E) and European Kurdish Women’s Movement (TJK-E). The demonstration started on the same day as the campaign by the Freedom for Öcalan Initiative and is attended by KCDK-E and TJK-E assemblies and members and representatives from constituents.

On the fourth day of the sit-in, many participants joined in from Germany, Switzerland and France and the activists gathered in the morning to chant pro-Öcalan slogans.

TJK-E Representative Newroz Serhad presented a seminar on the assembly efforts in Europe, their workings and their roles at 11.00. Serhad particularly stressed the importance of women participating in the assemblies.

Activists also attended two live broadcasts on Sterk TV and Medya News yesterday and shared their views.


Kurdistanis in neighboring cities and many European allies visited the sit-in in solidarity .

By the evening, musicians including Koma Berxwedan members Hozan Diyar, Hozan Şemdin, Cevad Merwani, Peyman Arjin and Hozan Seyidxan gave a concert.

Meanwhile, a committee of activists continued meetings and informing efforts for PACE country delegations and member MPs throughout the day. In the meetings, activists presented dossiers on Öcalan’s situation, Kurdish women’s struggle and Shengal and Rojava.


The sit-in is part of the campaign to voice the demand for Öcalan’s freedom and will conclude with a rally to be held at 13.00 today. Participants will be coming in from various cities in Germany, France and Switzerland.