The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council co-Presidency has made a statement regarding the anniversary of the 15 February conspiracy against Abdullah Öcalan. “If our people stand up against the Garê invasion in four parts of Kurdistan, it will accelerate the collapse of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) – Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance”, said the KCK in its statement, as reported by Hawar News.
On 15 February 1999, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan was arrested by members of the Turkish security forces in Nairobi airport. He was returned to Turkey from Kenya and taken into custody at İmralı Prison on 16 February 1999. The “15 February” date has been marked as an “international conspiracy day” by millions of Kurds and others ever since Öcalan’s abduction in Kenya, and his subsequent arrest and imprisonment in Turkey.
In the statement, the KCK Executive Council co-Presidency stated the following: “We commemorate the martyred in the freedom struggle of Kurdish people against the international conspiracy on 15 February 1999, on behalf of leader Abdullah Öcalan, and we repeat our promise to fulfil their longing for a Free Leader, Free Kurdistan and a Free Middle East”.
‘The Turkish state wants to continue the conspiracy under new conditions’
”Although international conspirators have been defeated over the last 22 years, they have not stopped targeting the Kurdish people by using genocidal tactics. The decision to capture and shoot three PKK administrators by the United States on 6 November 2018 was a new twist in the conspiracy. The intensive attacks on the freedom forces of the Kurdish people and the invasions in Northern Kurdistan (Bakur), Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur), and North and East Syria (Rojava) was the decision taken by the US Trump administration on 6 November. These attacks, carried out together with the collaborating forces, are moving to a new dimension with attacks against Bakur, Rojava, Shengal, Mamxur and Media Defense Areas. As a matter of fact, as the international conspiracy is in its 23rd year, the invasion operation against Garê was launched on 10 February. This shows that the Turkish state and its supporters who target the Kurdish want to continue the conspiracy under new conditions.
“After the increasing power and influence of the Leader Öcalan and the PKK, the attacks increased. Today, the strength of Öcalan (Apo) and the Kurdish Freedom Movement is greater than 22 years ago. As Leader Apo made the PKK fight more effectively with his thoughts and attitude, today he has surpassed being only the Kurdish People’s Leader, and has become the Freedom Leader of the peoples in the Middle East and the world. His ideas of women’s freedom have made the women the most effective democratic revolutionary force today. Democratic Confederalism, the Democratic Nation and the non-state form of government have become the models for free and democratic life. With this democratic project, the peoples’ struggle for freedom accelerates by resolving the impasse of the male-dominated ruling system. While international conspirators wanted to remove Leader Apo from being the freedom leader of the Kurdish people, he appeared as the leader of freedom and democracy of all humanity. After the collapse of socialism, people experienced ideological-political orientation problems, but have attained a powerful weapon with the paradigm of a women’s liberal democratic ecological society put forward by Leader Apo. At this moment, the greatest power is to have the paradigm of women’s liberal democratic ecological society. Women and oppressed peoples are no longer condemned to a male dominated, exploitative and repressive system. The option of a free and democratic system has been opened up for women and oppressed peoples everywhere. It was the ideological-political response against the conspiracy”.
‘The Turkish state is the enemy of all people’
“The struggle against the conspiracy in its 23rd year will be carried out within the framework of ‘the time for freedom’. This move will be continued simultaneously in four parts of Kurdistan and around the world. Since the destruction of fascism, the end of the occupations and ensuring the freedom of Apo are the struggle for freedom and democracy of all Middle Eastern peoples, will also be the power of this struggle. The Turkish state under the AKP-MHP government, the representative of fascism, oppression, and occupation in the Middle East, is the main enemy of all peoples. In this respect, the freedom struggle is not only for the Kurdish people, but for all peoples. In its 23rd year, the struggle against conspiracy will develop as the struggle for all peoples in the Middle East. All democratic parts, especially women and labourers, have embraced Leader Apo and become a part of this movement. The Turkish state, which keeps Leader Apo under isolation, will become more present in its 23rd year. The AKP-MHP alliance, which is trying to carry out the conspiracy today and Kurdish genocide on this basis, will be destroyed. The uprising of our people in four parts of Kurdistan against the Garê occupation will accelerate. Leader Apo said that the conspiracy was carried out not only against the Kurdish people, or the PKK, but also against the people of Turkey and the Middle East. And it will be defeated. Thus, Kurdistan, Turkey and the entire Middle East will achieve a free and democratic life. Walking through with the slogan of ‘You cannot darken our sun’, all the people of Kurdistan, women and young people will carry out the struggle for a Free Kurdistan, making the 23rd year a time for Free Leadership and Free Kurdistan. Despite all the pressures, our people’s insistence and struggle in a free and democratic life will ensure this”.