Demonstrations in Northern and Eastern Syria to demand news of Abdullah Öcalan

Demonstrations were held in Northern and Eastern Syria after the Gemlik earthquake, demanding an explanation about the situation of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

After the 5.1 magnitude earthquake in the Sea of Marmara was reported in the news, the people of Northern and Eastern Syria took to the streets to demand what is the condition of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Citizens in Girkê Legê district, members of civil institutions, Martyrs' Families Council, Revolutionary Youth Movement and Young Women's Union held a march.

The march turned into a rally in the town centre. Speaking there, PYD member Idris Mihemed said: “Leader Abdullah Öcalan represents our will and honor. The lack of news from the leadership caused us concern, especially after the earthquake."

Mihemed called on international organizations to fulfil their responsibilities, visit Imralı Prison and explain the situation of Abdullah Öcalan.

Mihemed said: “We will not stop in any way. We will be in the squares until we hear from the Leader. Leader Abdullah Öcalan represents the people who want freedom."

Hundreds of citizens from Dêrik district and Koçerat region of Qamishlo Canton also held a march to demand what happened to Abdullah Öcalan.


The Til Hemîs People's Assembly made a statement on Öcalan. Assembly member Belqîs Elabdullah called on international organizations and human rights institutions to end the absolute isolation of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and to obtain information about his situation.