The letter campaign launched by the Kurdish Human Rights Action Group (KHRAG) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) – calling for “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan for a just peace in Turkey” – continues to gain in strength as its message spreads across Europe.
Activists in Paris posted letters to the United Nations (UN) in support of the campaign, which seeks to encourage the UN to make a move to ensure the freedom of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, in order to promote peace in Turkey. The campaigners in Paris also held a demonstration in front of the Saint-Denis arch. Necmettin Demiral, Co-Chair of Paris’ Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre, spoke during the demonstration and condemned the capture and abduction of Abdullah Öcalan, who has been imprisoned in Turkey since 15 February 1999.
KHRAG and COSATU had appealed to all supporters of freedom for Abdullah Öcalan on 11 January to send their letters of support to the UN Secretary General António Guterres, at the following addres s: Mr António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, UN Headquarters, S-3800 New York, NY 10017, USA. Activists in Villiers, Paris, and in the city of Liege in Belgium have reportedly also sent letters of support to the UN demanding “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan for a just peace in Turkey”.