Human rights defenders and Kurdish activists launched a new sit-in protest in Dusseldorf in Germany, calling for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan.
Various protests and events continue to be held across Europe within the scope of the international campaign ‘End the isolation, fascism, occupation: Time to ensure freedom’ that was launched by the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) on 12 September 2020. Alongside the protests marking the 22nd anniversary of Abdullah Öcalan’s arrest, the events and protests in Europe demanding the end of the prison isolation conditions that have been imposed upon Abdullah Öcalan have gathered momentum.
Kurdish activists and supporters calling for the freedom of Öcalan launched the “Freedom for Öcalan” sit-in protest in Dusseldorf on 22 February to support the international campaign. The protest will host many Kurdish politicians who will speak out and several events will be staged including open street panels, forums and concerts during each day of the protest between 12-5pm. The protest will end with a demonstration on 27 February.
The campaign in Germany that called for ‘freedom for Öcalan’ also organised a ‘Long March’ on 12-13 February whilst a ‘library on wheels’ making texts of Ocalan available to interested persons hit the road on 18 February. It has been visiting several towns in Germany. Within the scope of the German campaign, supporters of freedom for Abdullah Öcalan have also initiated a letter writing campaign addressed to the UN General Secretary that appeals to the UN to urgently act against the prison isolation conditions in place on Imralı Island in Turkey.