The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) – Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance has implemented a policy of violence and suppression against Kurdish people and politicians in Turkey for the last five years.
Human rights violations have soared, thousands of members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) have been imprisoned, thousands of Kurds have been killed, and the prison isolation conditions of Abdullah Öcalan have been intensified. Even the word “peace” has been banned.
As Turkey’s attacks continue in northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan), assaults against Kurdish people have mounted in Turkey’s cities.
Two Kurdish persons were detained by soldiers in the Çatak district of Van (Wan) before being thrown from a military helicopter. Soldiers also threatened to kill villagers during the incident.
The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) has made a statement declaring that on 10 September it would launch a new campaign against Turkey’s policies in the region. The KCK called upon the Kurdish people and all oppressed peoples worldwide to join its struggle.
Following the KCK’s statement, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Executive Committee released its own campaign statement.
The PKK called for Kurdish, Turkish, Arab people, ecologists, women’s liberation movements and socialist and revolutionary-democratic forces of the world to actively participate in the campaign for freedom.