During a concert on Friday in Rome, Italy, held in solidarity with the Kurdish people, attention was brought to the 28-month-long incommunicado detention of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), at Turkey’s İmralı Island Prison.
Artists Elio Germano, Paolo Benvegnù, and musicians Ardecore, Alessandro D’Alessandro, Marco Rovelli, Kento, Bestierare, Pier Paolo Capovilla, Bologna Violente and more actively participated in the event at Villa Ada, expressing their strong support for the Kurdish liberation movement.
Representatives from the Kurdistan Information Office and Kurdish Red Crescent organisation Mezzaluna Rossa delivered speeches during the concert, shedding light on the current situation in Kurdish lands, particularly in the context of the 100th anniversary of the Lausanne Treaty.
They also emphasised the concerning isolation of Öcalan, who has been held in İmralı Prison without any form of communication with the outside world for over two years.
The representatives further highlighted Turkey’s ongoing military offensives against the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES). They called for global support, stressing the AANES’ standing as a symbol of hope worldwide.
They urged the Italian community to break the general silence surrounding Turkey’s military attacks against Kurdish lands and people.