Abdullah Öcalan,the ‘Nelson Mandela’ of Kurdistan has been incarcerated since 1999 by the Turkish State, without trial in solitary and now totally isolated, even from his lawyer.
Öcalan is credited with adapting the ‘municipal anarchism’ of Murray Bookchin to create a new anti-state non-hierarchical system based on feminism and ecology, which has swept through Turkish and Syrian Kurdistan as well as parts of Iraq and Iran, , and has a growing influence among Arabs and Turkish and around the world.
HDP MP on hunger strike for Öcalan, : My demand is the demand of millions
“I am on the 20th day of the hunger strike ( note: now over 30 days). An action I began on my own free will. I am willing to be doing something against the isolation regime that I think is a crime of humanity. I know this is the demand of millions.”
- ANF English HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) co-chair Sezai Temelli read the message at the party’s weekly meeting. The HDP deputy has been on hunger strike for 20 days calling for an end to the isolation regime imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan, which is an isolation imposed on the whole Turkey.
In her message Güven said: “I greet you all with respect in the spirit of resistance of Amed dungeon. We know that it is possible to build a system in which all identities and beliefs can live freely in these ancient lands that have cradled the birth of humanity.
We know that the existing ruling systems only serve their own masters. This is a system that is standing by war and destruction. In order to live in a world without war and without exploitation, we must take strength from our struggle and resistance.”
One of the reasons for the current chaos and crisis, said MP Güven, “is the unresolved Kurdish question. We know that the parties trying to solve the problem are ignored.
I think that Mr. Öcalan is making a great effort for the democratic and peaceful solution of the Kurdish question. Mr. Öcalan’s solution proposals and ideas provide an important perspective not only for the Kurdish question, but also for the Middle East and the world.
The construction of the Democratic Nation and the Democratic Confederation System are the cornerstones of the lasting peace that our people have longed for. The total isolation imposed on Mr. Öcalan is precisely the way to hide this truth from society. Human history is full of similar examples. Truth seekers and advocates of truth have paid a heavy price”.
Güven ended her message by saying: “I am on the 20th day of the hunger strike. An action I began on my own free will. I am willing to be doing something against the isolation regime that I think is a crime of humanity. I know this is the demand of millions. I would like to point out that the activities developed by our people, especially the women’s assemblies and our institutions, are very valuable and meaningful for me.
Peace Mothers. Saturday Mothers. I kiss all mothers’ hands. I am aware that the days of lasting peace that they struggle for will prevail in these lands. I am a comrade of those who love to die for the sake of life. With these feelings, I greet you all again with respect, I wish success in your work”.
Police raid on HDP Urfa offices: 40 people detained
- Thursday, 6 Dec 2018, 14:00
ANF English …The Deputy Ayse Surucu was dragged on the ground by the police during the raid and around 40 people were detained. The police raided the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Urfa offices after the 3-day hunger strike launched to support the hunger strike Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guve (#LeylaGuven)went on demanding that the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan be lifted was concluded. The police raided the party building and detained close to 40 people, dragging HDP Urfa MP Ayse Surucu on the ground as they attempted to take her outside. Surucu refused to leave, …
For several years, the Kurds have been at the forefront of a revolution in Western Kurdistan (Rojava). Their alternative system to capitalism has resonated all over the globe. Their society is organized according to Democratic Confederalism, an ethical form of political organization that brings together ideas from libertarian municipalism, social ecology, and feminism.
Hunger strike in Hildesheim completes day 3
- Thursday, 6 Dec 2018, 11:45
ANF English … Yuksel Koc yesterday. Koc spoke during the visit and said the isolation imposed upon Öcalan goes beyond any humanly measure at this point. Koc added that the isolation is imposed upon all the people of Kurdistan. TAJÊ spokesperson Xanê Agal pointed to the hunger strike Hakkari MP Leyla Guven is on and said: “I salute Leyla Guven’s light that she shines on fascism, tyranny and dictatorship, and her resistance.” Koc and Agal saluted the hunger strikes in Europe. #Öcalan
Rally for Öcalan in Kobanê
- Thursday, 6 Dec 2018, 09:00
- In Kobanê, thousands took to the streets once again against the isolation regime imposed on Kurdish people’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Under the slogan “Together we will break the isolation, overthrow the dictatorship and build a democratic nation”, thousands of people gathered in Free Woman’s Square… #Kobanê
Hunger strike in Qamishlo
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 17:15
Kongreya-Star and PYD promoted a solidarity hunger strike in Qamishlo to support HDP Hakkari deputy, Leyla Güven fasting in Amed jail. Kongreya-Star and PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Qamishlo have launched an action to support HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Hakkari deputy, Leyla Güven, who is on …
Kurdish conference in EP: Turkey is outside the law
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 16:15
…f law, this is what we mean by a lack of constitution. If a country doesn’t comply with its own laws, there is a serious arbitrary practice there. Human rights have been instrumentalized.” ISSUES IN OTHER PRISONS WON’T BE RESOLVED UNTIL IMRALI IS RESOLVED Turkdogan mentioned imprisoned HDP MP Leyla Guven’s hunger strike to protest the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and said: “There is really nothing to say when a member of parliament goes on a hunger strike because a country doesn’t comply with its own laws.” Turkdogan questioned why the Committee for the Preventi…
Hunger strike in Hewler on day 15
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 14:55
ANF English Hunger strikes against the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan continue spreading. DTK (Democratic Society Congress) Co-chair and HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) MP for Hakkari, Leyla Güven, is on the 28th day of her hunger strike against the aggravated isolation imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah…
Hunger strikes against the isolation of Öcalan in three countries
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 14:00
Hunger strikes against the isolation continue in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Hunger strikes against the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan are spreading. Following imprisoned DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Leyla Guven, the protests have spread through Europe. ROME In the Italian capital Rome, 25 hunger strikers issued a press statement in Piazza Dell Popolo. The activists passed out flyers for three hours and chanted “Be Serok jiyan nabe” (No Life Without the Leader) and “Bijî Serok Apo” (Long Live Lead…
Kurdish factor and oppression in Turkey discussed in EP
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 13:30
ANF English …aggressively. They don’t heed any outside reactions.” Westrheim stressed the importance of the Kurds for stability in the region and stressed that Kurds should be supported. The EUTCC Chair said, “Kurds are actors waging an important struggle for stability and peace.” Westrheim saluted HDP MP Leyla Guven who is on a hunger strike, all hunger strike activists and Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. PAPADIMOULIS: ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD BE RELEASED European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) European Parliament Deputy Chairperson Dimitrios Papadimoulis pointed out the European Cour…
Factory set on fire to protest the isolation of Öcalan
ANF English The Revolutionary Youth Movement claimed responsibility for a fire which burned down a factory in Istanbul.
HDP MPs continue hunger strike in Parliament
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 11:30
The hunger strike HDP MPs have launched to support Leyla Guven and to protest the isolation continues. The hunger strike imprisoned DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Leyla Guven started with the demand that the isolation be lifted has reached day 28. The hunger strikes launched by MPs continue despite attacks against solidarity strikes. MPS SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE PAR…
Several HDP and DBP members detained in Amed and Hakkari
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 10:45
Kurdish people and their elected representatives are subjected to increasingly ongoing political genocide operations by the Turkish regime. Police forces carried out raids in Amed (Diyarbakır) province Wednesday morning. The operation targeted executives of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and De…
Temelli: Local elections an opportunity to side with democracy
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 10:00
“The plans of the ruling forces have brought cruelty to this country, they brought violence, and they brought war to Syria. Because this power fed itself of hostility for Kurds. This power is fed of discrimination.” HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli met the people in Yüreğir and Seyhan districts of Adana p…
Hunger strikes to protest the isolation of Öcalan spread
- Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018, 08:00
ANF English The hunger strikes to support Ms. Güven and protest the isolation of Mr. Öcalan are spreading outside the prisons as well. Hişyar Özsoy, Vice Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs and MP for Diyarbakır, released an information note Özsoy regarding the hunger strikes to support MP Leyla Güv…
Solidarity hunger strike against isolation in Rome
- Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018, 17:00
…e our contribution to break the isolation in Imrali while at the same time expose the war policies implemented by the AKP government in all four parts of Kurdistan.” Kurds from the Ararat Cultural Centre in the Italian capital launched a three-day hunger strike in solidarity with HDP Hakkari deputy Leyla Guven whose hunger strike in prison continues in its 27th day. The action follows the many solidarity hunger strikes launched all over Europe, Kurdistan, Turkey and the world to support HDP deputy Leyla Guven under the slogan “Leyla Güven’s demands are our demands”. In a statement the Ararat Cultur…
UK politicians sent solidarity and support message to MP Güven
- Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018, 15:30
…port is signed by over 80 politicians including MPs, MEPs, from all parties including Labour, Green Party, Sinn Fein, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and many academics, lawyers, trade unionists and activists and artists like the well-known actress Maxine Peake. Here is the full message: Leyla Guven, Peoples’ Democratic Party MP and co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress, began an indefinite hunger strike in a Turkish prison on 7 November 2018. Ms Guven announced that her action is in protest at the isolation imposed on the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned on Imrali Island. …
HDP launches hunger strike in the Turkish Parliament
- Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018, 14:45
HDP Co-chair Buldan and several HDP MPs have gone on a hunger strike in the Turkish Parliament. On the 27th day of the hunger strike Hakkari MP Leyla Guven started to protest the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan, the hunger strikes have spread to the parliament. HDP MPs have started a 2-day hunger strike in solidarity. HDP Co-chair Pervin Buldan, DTK Co-chair and Agri MP Berdan Ozturk, HDP Women’s Assembly Spokeswoman …
HDP MPs on hunger strike in Istanbul
- Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018, 13:00
…n Oluc and Istanbul MPs Huda Kaya, Dilsad Canbaz and Ali Kenanoglu started a 3-day hunger strike in the HDP Istanbul offices. “THE ISOLATION ISN’T ONLY AGAINST MR. ÖCALAN” Oluc read the following statement in the name of the MPs: “Today we are starting a hunger strike to support our friend Leyla Guven and to show solidarity. Leyla Guven is the will of the people of Hakkari. Since the day she was elected to the Parliament, she has been unlawfully imprisoned. She is a member of the parliament, who has immunity. She should have been released immediately so she could partake in legislative activity,…
10 HDP members continue hunger strike in custody in Mersin
- Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018, 11:15
10 HDP members who went on a hunger strike to support Leyla Guven continue their hunger strike in custody after being detained by the police. 10 HDP members who started a hunger strike in HDP Mersin offices on December 2 to support Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-chair Leyla Guven who has been on a hunger strike for the last 27 days to protest the isolation …